Federal court rules City of Jackson cannot restrict open carry law

Federal court rules City of Jackson cannot restrict open carry law

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A federal court ordered the City of Jackson to never restrict open carry laws.

This comes after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba put a halt to the open carry law in April, citing rising gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A lawsuit was filed days later by Mississippi Justice Institute, arguing the ban was unconstitutional. The Jackson City Council joined that lawsuit.

Lumumba claimed a state statue granted him the right to carry out the ban.

Click here to read the court’s consent decree.

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