Booneville bans guns at city hall, public parks and events

Handgun_webBOONEVILLE — 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.

 

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3 Responses to “Booneville bans guns at city hall, public parks and events”

  1. Charles Nichols Says:

    “The new city ordinance states the purpose is to protect citizens in sensitive locations…”

    AND

    “He said the ordinance does not apply to people with existing concealed carry permits…”

    You can’t have it both ways. If concealed weapons are allowed then it is not a “sensitive” place.

  2. Mike Stollenwerk Says:

    Good report …But you missed an opportunity to inform listeners and readers that Booneville is forbidden by state law from generally 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

  3. Warren Says:

    “This is just for the protection of our citizens,” said Tucker.

    When are politicians going to tell the truth [dumb question]? Banning the carrying of weapons by law abiding citizens who meet the legal requirements to carry such weapons does not make anyone safe. It creates a “Gun Free Zone”. When a law abiding citizen sees a sign banning weapons he/she will obey that sign [that is why we call them "law abiding"].

    But when a criminal intent on robbing or harming persons sees that sign he/she ignores it [that is why they are called "criminals"]. The criminal knows he/she will be the only one with a gun in a gun free zone, so he/she can carry out their criminal acts with impunity.

    Thank you Mr. Tucker for endangering more Mississippi Citizens.

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