Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba (D) of Jackson, Mississippi, issued an order over the weekend temporarily prohibiting law-abiding citizens from openly carrying handguns during the coronavirus crisis.
In issuing the order, Lumumba said:
The Open Carry law interferes with law enforcement’s ability to take illegal guns off of the streets. Prior to the Open Carry law, when Jackson police officers saw a gun in plain view, it gave them the probable cause to seize the weapon and determine whether it was an illegal weapon or not. The Open Carry law not only provides protection for individuals who are armed with illegal weapons; it creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the community. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that the Open Carry law has led to an increase in gun violence in our communities.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has issued an executive order banning the use of open carry for Jackson residents in order to lessen gun violence during the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/I8SvtXjzqP— WJTV 12 News (@WJTV) April 25, 2020
There is an interesting fight brewing in Jackson, Miss. over gun rights—a dispute that could raise the constitutional concerns that Attorney General Barr discussed. Mayor Lumumba relied on emergency powers and the pandemic to justify a ban on open carry. https://t.co/gjd2a4CRre— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 28, 2020