Aldermen okay resolution in support of gun rights

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

Mayor Tommy Irwin (from left), City Attorney Arch Bullard and Alderman J.C. Hill listen as Jay Anthony addresses the board about a Second Amendment resolution.

The Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen joined in the "Second Amendment Sanctuary" movement this week.

The board adopted a resolution Tuesday evening, pending the city attorney's review, declaring the city a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors did the same for the county on Jan. 21.

"If anything, it's a promissory note between counties or cities and its citizens that you will not enact or support any law that is unconstitutional in the attempt to restrict the use or ownership of firearms," said Jay Anthony, who asked both boards to pass the resolution.

A number of local governments have passed resolutions since legislation regarding guns began to advance in Virginia.

"This is just not going to go over in this country," said Anthony. "I'm telling y'all right now, and I'm sure you're aware, the voters of this country -- the firearm owners -- we've had it … These loony laws being passed in this country cannot stand. We're tired of our rights being assaulted, especially our Second Amendment rights."

Anthony has organized local events in support of the right to bear arms.

"I'm here representing several groups and individuals," he said, "but, mainly, I'm here representing as founder of Firearm Freedom Day group. We are the largest firearm rights group in Mississippi and most active, rapidly becoming the largest group in the whole southeast United States."

The motion passed 5-0 with one alderman, Mike Hopkins, absent.

Alcorn County's resolution used the term "safe haven" rather than sanctuary. Anthony commended the county for expanding upon the original suggested text. The county also passed the resolution unanimously.

Rep. Dana Criswell (R-Olive Branch) wrote the resolution that was first adopted in Mississippi by Desoto County.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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