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Jena court order doesn't address proposed gun ban

Although a settlement in the federal lawsuit against the town of Jena ends the Nationalist Movement's dispute about restrictions on its speech, the court order doesn't address the town's proposed banning of firearms for the "Jena Justice Day" rally and march on January 21st.

And both sides are saying the order proves they are right.

An attorney for Jena said the order gives the town the right to prohibit firearms, and an attorney for the group -- which describes itself as "pro-majority" but is widely reported to be white-supremacist -- said the ruling means members can and will bring firearms.

Walter Dorroh, Jena's attorney, said the judge's ruling speaks only to the First and 14th Amendments, not the Second -- the right to bear arms.

Richard Barrett, spokesman and attorney for the Nationalists, said the court order makes it clear that firearms cannot be prohibited.

The Nationalists plan a "Jena Justice Day" rally in response to the thousands who rallied September 20th, supporting six black teens who have become known as the "Jena Six."

The teenagers were initially charged with attempted murder of a white student who was attacked at Jena High. All charges have since been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery or second-degree battery.

The Nationalists says they will march on Martin Luther King Day.

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