BOONEVILLE — The open carrying of firearms and other weapons will be prohibited at many locations in the city of Booneville under an ordinance approved by the Board of Aldermen.
The Daily Corinthian reports the new law went into effect immediately. Officials say it is designed to align city policies with state law.
City Attorney Daniel Tucker drafted the ordinance.
The measure prohibits the open carrying of firearms at Booneville City Hall, all public parks and related fields and facilities, any location where public meetings of the city take place and all parades, official political meetings and any non-firearm related school or college athletic event.
The law applies to firearms as well as stun guns, knives and any other item that could be used as a weapon.
Tucker said the law is intended to clarify the city’s rules in light of Mississippi House Bill 2 which was scheduled to take effect July 1 but is involved in a court challenge.
The state law would allow the open carrying of firearms in any location where it is not strictly prohibited. Tucker said the law is unclear and he has been unable to get clear guidance on exactly how the bill will be implemented if it does become law.
The new city ordinance states the purpose is to protect citizens in sensitive locations and reduce the risk of violence toward citizens and municipal locations.
“This is just for the protection of our citizens,” said Tucker.
He said the ordinance does not apply to people with existing concealed carry permits and that the city must develop a policy for the Police Department to determine who has a valid permit if the question arises under the new ordinance.