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District Judge Takes Down Mississippi’s Open Carry Ban

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On June 17, 2020, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III issued an order that keeps the citizens from the city of Jackson, Mississippi from trying to prohibit the open carry of firearms as long as this form of carry is legal at the state level.

The Clarion Ledger reported that the judge’s order was a “consent decree” where Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and the Jackson City Council came to an agreement to not to try to limit open carry in the future.

According to a Breitbart News report, Lumumba made an announcement back in April which he banned open carry during the Wuhan virus pandemic emergency.

Lumumba stated:

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.

The NRA-ILA reported that Mississippi moved forward with a lawsuit against Lumumba’s order in the U.S. District Court of Mississippi’s Southern District.

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Republican State Representative Dana Criswell is the plaintiff in the suit, who asserted that Lumumba’s ban constitutes a suspension of a constitutional right to carry a firearm openly in public for self-defense” and alleged that the issuance of the ban “exploited the present public health crisis caused by the exponential spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, as a pretext to target persons exercising their constitutional right to carry a firearm openly in public for self-defense.”

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Because of the federal court issuing the consent decree, the ban has been ended.

This is one of the few cases where the courts get it right. They exist for a reason and are some of the tools in our toolkit that can be used to safeguard liberty.

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NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor

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On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.

Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.

Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.

The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.

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Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.

Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.

Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.

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