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'Stand your ground' rally set for park
by Steve Beavers
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The Alcorn County Patriots are going out with a bang.

The group will be holding another "HB2 Victory Rally'" with its "Stand Your Ground Freedom Rally" at Crossroads Regional Park on Saturday.

Saturday's event will mark the final rally of this sort, according to members of the local organization.

"It took a while, but what we tried to do has been done," said event organizer Bobby McDaniel of the passing of the state's open carry gun law.

An array of speakers are part of Saturday's 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. agenda. Local state representatives Nick Bain, Lester "Bubba" Carpenter and Tracy Arnold are scheduled to speak during the day.

John Moran, President of the Mississippi Oath Keepers, will be on hand for the mass reaffirmation of the oath to the Constitution.

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McDaniel said the reason behind the rally is to thank those who supported Mississippi House Bill 2.

In July, the Alcorn County Patriots sponsored the Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Day on the courthouse grounds with around 300 attending.

The Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state's open carry gun law on Aug. 29. The law, now in effect, had been on hold after Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an injunction blocking the gun law from taking effect for close to two months.

"Immediately, after the Supreme Court upheld the gun law, people from all over the state were calling for us to have another celebration rally," said McDaniel.

Judge Henry Ross, a retired Navy Commander, is set to serve as master of ceremony during the event. Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin will the day's first speaker at 11 a.m.

Music gets the doing going at 10 a.m. There will be a party jumper for children along with several vendors and giveaways throughout the event.

The Patriots group received a message from Speaker of the House Philip Gunn on Tuesday.

"This was a great victory for Mississippi," said Gunn. "I would like Mississippians to recognize once again the Mississippi House of Representatives has stood strong in protecting Second Amendment rights."

Gunn also thanked the group for organizing rallies to support the gun law.

"Your support, participation and determination have kept this bill on the forefront of issues that are important to Mississippians," he said. "We are protecting your rights to keep and bear arms."

Mississippi House Bill 2 was sponsored by Rep. Andy Gipson of Brandon.
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