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Mayor says not anti-gun, but wants ban on city property

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran’s response to Mississippi’s open carry law is an ordinance to bar firearms on city property.

She’s far from anti-gun.

“I am certainly in favor of second amendment rights. I myself have a gun, and I’m a pretty good shot, but I wouldn’t bring it to city hall,” she told WLOX-TV.

She says she thinks a majority of the board would agree that it’s not appropriate for citizens to have weapons in city hall, during board meetings, in courtrooms, at the police station, or at ball parks.

Mississippi’s open carry law is in legal limbo. A Hinds County judge indefinitely suspended it, calling it unconstitutionally vague.

State Attorney General Jim Hood plans to ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.

Moran said she hopes to have a firearms ban for city property already in place if and when the new law takes effect.

The Ocean Springs city attorney is putting together a committee to draft an ordinance, Moran said.


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  1. The Mississippi Business Journal missed an opportunity to inform listeners and readers that Ocean Springs, like localities in alomst every state, is forbidden by state law from banning gun carry, including in City Hall.

    Subject to the provisions of Section 45-9-53, no county or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts or requires the possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.
    Read more at http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/mississippi.aspx
    The only 2 exceptions are for local gun bans in “parks” and at “meetings.”

    Mike Stollenwerk

    co-founder, OpenCarry.org

  2. Re. Andy Gipson on Clarion Ledger chat 7/17/2013 “…either you believe what the Constitution says, or you don’t. What we’ve witnessed the last few weeks is a clear divide between those who believe the Second Amendment, and those who merely give lip-service. Watch out for anyone who says “I believe in the Second Amendment, but . . .” They are out to take your rights. Stand firm.”

  3. Oh for the days kids, especially boys, could take their pocket knife to school and play mumbly-peg at recess and as we aged drive our pickups to school with our hunting guns hanging on a rack in the rear window.
    The more guv’ment protects us (supposedly even from ourselves) the more bad things seem to happen.

    While I don’t see why anyone would want to carry a firearm into a public meeting or office, I think there’s too much to do over this.

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