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Bryant: Resist any presidential order that restricts gun rights

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he wants the state to resist any presidential order that might restrict gun rights.

Republican Bryant said he was acting in anticipation of Democratic President Barack Obama issuing executive orders aimed at banning military-style assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition clips.

“I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,” Bryant wrote in a letter to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, who are also Republicans.

Bryant said in the letter that he believes any gun-control executive order by Obama “infringes our constitutional right to keep and bear arms as never before in American history.”

Mississippi resisted federal authority to enforce voting rights and desegregation during the civil rights era, but Bryant says there’s no comparison now.

“We were going the other direction then. We were saying, ‘We’re standing against the federal government’s authority to provide civil liberties,'” Bryant said in response to reporters’ questions at the Capitol. “And what we’re doing now is saying, ‘We’re standing against the federal government taking away our civil liberties.’ There is a distance between the east and the west on this. And so any association with that, I believe, is baseless.”

>>Gov. Bryant remarks to the media on White House gun control order. Click below to view.

7 comments

  1. New York passes reasonable, rational gun restrictions while Bryant makes us all look like fools.

  2. OBAMA IS TRYING TO BE A KING. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT RUN THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE RUN THE GOVERNMENT.

  3. NO OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY HAS WRITTEN AS MANY EXECUTIVE ORDERS AS THIS DELIQUENT SO CALLED PRESIDENT HAS.

  4. WHAT “TRUE” AMERICAN PRESIDENT WOULD EVER TRY TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES.

  5. Mr. Nix, you are so wrong. Gov. Bryant is absolutely doing the right thing to protect our State’s rights. We are not a bunch of “lobbyists” pushing to protect our gun rights – WE are the American people and we will not be trampled on by this socialist so-called president. It has been proven that gun restrictions do not work. Do you think some criminal is going to go buy a guy at Walmart and submit himself to a background check? and register his gun so the Feds know that he has one? Absolutely NOT! He is going to get a gun from another criminal on the black market. Has making drugs illegal stopped the drug trade? Did banning liquor stop people from making or selling liquor? You need to think about your position on this.

  6. Does Bryan not know that their lauded republican president Ronald Reagan also issued an executive order banning assault weapons? Reagan said: “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.” What also seems to be overlooked here is that many of the recommendations the President offered were from the NRA. The hypocrisy of Bryant and other republicans makes Mississippi and our country look stupid.

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