Board votes to ban guns on all city property

by Associated Press

Published: June 27,2013

Tags: alderman, alderwoman, city, city government, gun, law, legal, mayor, municipal, municipality, open carry law, ordinance, weapon

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg is banning firearms city property except for law enforcement officers.

The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted the ban this week. The Vicksburg Post reports the board also ordered signs to be put up on city buildings and at parks.

The ban is to take effect Monday.

No penalty is attached to the resolution.

City Attorney Lee Thames says he is drafting a gun ban ordinance for the new city board to look at next week.

Under state law, an ordinance does not become law until 30 days after it is passed so the public may comment.

A new state law effective Monday allows people without permits to carry firearms as long as they are within sight.

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2 Responses to “Board votes to ban guns on all city property”

  1. Elaine Vechorik Says:

    Vicksburg is over-stepping their authority under MS law:

    MS law says:
    “…no unit of local government may adopt an ordinance that restricts the possession, transportation, sale, transfer, or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.”
    NRA MS site: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/mississippi.aspx.
    MS State Law: (1.f.) http://www.mscode.com/free/statutes/45/009/0053.htm.

    Cities/counties in MS CAN ONLY regulate firearms only in the following situations:
    (f) To regulate the carrying of a firearm at: (i) a public park or at a public MEETING of a county, municipality or other governmental body; (ii) a political rally, parade or official political meeting; or (iii) a nonfirearm-related school, college or professional athletic event. MS Code 45-9-53

  2. Mike Stollenwerk Says:

    That is correct – Mississippi state law forbids localities from banning gun carry in city hall (except in meetings). See the law at http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/mississippi.aspx

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