MS Alderman Trampling 2nd Amendment

Posted: October 8, 2013 in MS Alderman Trampling 2nd Amendment, The 2nd Amendment Issues

City of Olive Branch, MS considering gun ban

Last night I attended Speaker Phillip Gunn’s public forum in Olive Branch, MS.  I certainly appreciate the Speaker’s willingness to listen to citizens and their concerns.  But the information I learned from the speaker was not the most interesting news of the night.

The event was held in the Olive Branch Municipal Court Building and as I entered the building I walked through the metal detector and presented my MS Firearms Permit to the officers.  I was immediately told I was not allowed in the building and must leave immediately.  I asked the officers on whose authority were they refusing me entrance and their answer was it was against the law because there was a sign next to the metal detector that said “no cellphone, and no weapons”.  They also informed me that it was against city ordinance to enter a city building with a gun.

I was told again to leave or I could be arrested for trespassing.  I asked the officer to speak to Rep. Gunn since he is one of the men who wrote the state law and ask him if I was in violation of any state law.  One officer left and when she returned  I was told I would be allowed in “this time, only for this event”, I seriously doubt she talked to Speaker Gunn.   Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips came to speak with me and informed me that the city of Olive Branch will be passing an ordinance soon that will prevent citizens from entering city buildings with a firearm.  He said it would be similar to the recently passed Desoto County Gun Ban.  Apparently this was not an issue important to the Mayor and he expressed his concern about passing an ordinance that was not needed but one alderman has proposed the new city ordinance.  I’ve never understood why one alderman or one county supervisor can propose an ordinance that the others claim to disagree with yet they all vote to pass the ordinance.  I can only assume that its simply politics and a quid pro quo, I vote for your law if you vote for mine.

We have discussed this many times on Mississippi Gun News.  These bans are un-needed, and a violation of the State Constitution, State Law, and have no proven benefit for safety.  Interestingly, the first question posed to Speaker Gunn was about the trend of local governments overstepping their authority by passing “no gun” ordinances.

If you live in Olive Branch please contact all the aldermen and the mayor and let them know you do not want an ordinance passed restricting law-abiding citizens from carrying a firearm to protect themselves.  Here is an outline of the laws violated by local governments when they pass a “no gun” ordinance, and some statistics to help you in your discussion.

  • Constitution of the State of Mississippi – Article 3, Section 12. Right to bear arms. The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons. 
    The State Constitution is actually pretty simple, as citizens we are guaranteed the right to bear arms in defense of our home, person, or property.  The State, and therefore the local governments, do not have the authority to limit that right (PERIOD).  They may only regulate carrying concealed weapons.
  • MS Law Section 45-9-51 and 53 – no county or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts or requires the possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components.  This law gives the local governments very specific limits on the authority they have to control firearms.
  • MS Law Section 45-9-101 – The state has defined who can carry a concealed weapon and where that person can and cannot carry their weapon. A local government does not have the authority to pass a ordinance contrary to the state law. Licensed concealed carry is controlled and limited by the state.
  • Restricting citizens ability to protect themselves with a firearm puts citizens in danger – Research provided by the National Academy of Science on Gun Violence shows that if a victim of a crime possess a handgun the probability of injury is reduced by 21% over any other form of protection.  If government official honestly care about protecting citizen they would not consider limiting their ability to protect themselves with a firearm.
  • The presence of a deadly weapon does not affect the rate of murder.  The conclusion of a study published in the Harvard Journal of Law was, ”the determinants of murder and suicide are basic social, economic, and cultural factors, not the prevalence of some form of deadly mechanism.”

Citizens with guns do not increase the crime rate, the research shows that armed citizens do not present a danger to others but actually serve to reduce the crime rate and are less likely to be victims of a crime themselves.

Click Here for the Easy Email Campaign to let the Mayor and Aldermen know you do not want your safety put in jeopardy by an illegal and unnecessary gun ban in the City of Olive Branch.


  1. CMM says:

    Thanks for posting this info!

    Remain Vigilant

    • Bo Perrin says:

      You are welcome. This information needs to get out as widely as possible.

      • CMM says:

        …And as quickly as possible…The cities (Olive Branch) are following the lead of the counties (DeSoto) like wildfire…Interestingly enough, DeSoto county is largely Republican…How these liberal mayors/alderman get elected is a real head scratcher…

      • Bo Perrin says:

        I would suppose there are two issues. One issue is that if you go back and listen to the mayor’s addresses he or she sounds very conservative. We have to indoctrinate Republicans to look beyond what a Politician says. Second, far too many Republicans are are not true conservatives.

      • CMM says:

        Indeed. The shift from Republican to Center Left has many voters worried, as it should. For those who vote for a candidate while not properly vetting, is causing bigger problems than anticipated…We as a society have become so complacent to allow legislators to vote on our behalf cannot continue…Term Limits would seem like the only logical solution…

      • Bo Perrin says:

        True. At least there is now backlash and the conflict between Constitutional and liberal is becoming very stark. As it ought to be.

      • CMM says:

        It is not easy to swallow, but I suppose we should at least be grateful most are seeing the light…

      • Bo Perrin says:

        Well, after all we have allowed liberals to occupy, I am happy. We have let them occupy the educational system, much of the political system, much of the protective systems and clearly the informational systems.

        They have almost 12 years in which they can mold our children’s minds while doing everything they can to eliminate parental insight into the system. Liberals have install numerous socialist/Marxist programs claiming it is for the greater good. I don’t have to say anything about TV or radio. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the police refuse to protect and follow the Constitution including many Sheriffs. The military is being gutted of Conservatives and replaced with homosexuals and Muslims.

        Yet, look at (1) the number of people who have risen up against Obama and many of them were once his supporters and (2) how difficult it is for liberals to get their agenda through Congress even when they have the numbers to do so. I am happy!

      • CMM says:

        It is sickening to accept America is being un-raveled by those who enjoy the privilege of being American.

      • Bo Perrin says:

        You are right. This is why we must stop properly defining what it means to be an American. First, being an American is not necessarily one born within the States for there are many patriotic Americans who gave up their nationality to become an American. Second, being an American is determined by philosophy. You cannot be an American, born or otherwise, if you are a Marxist, Socialist, Welfarist Leninist or Muslim because these philosophies are anti-Constitutional. This means we have a lot of insurgents in America claiming to be American who are not American.

      • CMM says:

        As a Native born American, it is laughable at best when I hear of people saying Italian American, African American or Polish American, lol…WE’RE AMERICANS! Make no mistake, there is also a difference between Americans and Citizens…It is a cultural difference…We are a breed all our own…And we should be proud…We are 🙂 And we refuse to apologize for it…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s