The mayor and aldermen have recently received numerous e-mails regarding gun laws.
“I want to thank all of those who have sent me e-mails concerning the 2nd amendment and gun rights here at the office and also at home,” Mayor Tommy Irwin said at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting. “We probably are going to tear our ordinance up and follow the state law.”
Police Chief David Lancaster agreed with the board’s thinking. Following last year’s revision to the state law dealing with firearms, the city sought an attorney general’s opinion seeking some clarification on whether the municipality had the authority to ban guns in places such as a public park.
But questions and concerns lingered after the opinion. Lancaster said it will be much simpler to go straight to the state law rather than juggling the two.
Concerned citizen Jay Anthony encouraged the board to make the change.
“Somebody has really dropped the ball on the 2nd amendment issue in this town,” he said. “Your ordinance, as it stands, most of it is against federal law … We don’t want to see Corinth sued.”
Lancaster said the existing city law has been on the books as long as he can remember.
The board unanimously passed the motion to drop the law from the books.
The AG’s office brought substantial attention to its opinion last year by taking the rare step of issuing a press release along with it to discuss the state’s gun laws.