Bryant: Resist any presidential order that restricts gun rights
Published: January 16,2013
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.
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