Activist Group Wants to Ban Gun Sales in Jackson, Mississippi

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Members of an activist group called Reset Jackson recently rallied at the Mississippi state Capitol, reports WAPT. They taped the “Capital City Gun Safety Act” to the Capitol doors, appealing directly to lawmakers.

Joined by Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes, the organization’s demands were clear. A complete (and unconstitutional) halt on firearm and ammunition sales in the city.

They believe stopping these sales will reduce the city’s high crime rate. Ten homicides have already taken place this year.

“We have marched, we have begged, we have picketed, we have done everything humanly possible to stop this gun violence,” said Councilman Stokes in an interview with WJTV.

“They have hired more police officers, but we do not have a state law that prohibits and again, I must say it, the advertising and sale of firearms and ammunition within the city limits of Jackson,” he continued.

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“Bringing all these gun shows, come in here dropping off guns, pawn shops and everything else has got to stop,” Stokes added.

This rally was their third this year. A symbolic motorcade of funeral cars highlighted potential future victims.

Their legislative push coincides with Gov. Tate Reeves’ “Operation Unified” announcement. This operation involves the FBI, Capitol Police, and Homeland Security combating drug trafficking and violent crime.

Gov. Reeves vowed not to surrender the streets to criminals.

“Jacksonians deserve to live in peace, and they should not have to fear for their safety while running errands or commuting to work,” Reeves told the AP. “Together with our local and federal partners, we will put a stop to it.”

However, Reset Jackson insists that new gun control laws are essential for Operation Unified’s success.

Reset Jackson CEO James Hopkins is urging politicians to ban the sale of firearms and ammo in the city. (Photo: WAPT)

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“They said they are going to put their foot down in so many words well now it’s time for you to do what you preach…It’s time for you to step up to the plate,” Reset Jackson CEO James Hopkins told WAPT.

“You say you want to shut violence down in the city of Jackson…well, that sign up there just put the ball in your court,” he added.

It’s clear that the pain felt by the Jackson community is profound, but banning firearms and ammunition sales won’t stop the violence.

The core issue lies in the presence of criminal gangs and drug-related activities, as Gov. Reeves alluded to. As long as these elements persist, violence will continue, whether through firearms, knives, or other means.

(Photo: NIH)

Moreover, the ineffectiveness of total bans is undeniable. The United States has long prohibited the sale of illegal drugs, but the nation continues to grapple with a high incidence of drug overdoses.

This stark reality highlights a critical point: bans don’t stop troubled people from sourcing prohibited items and committing harmful acts.

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  • Clint W. February 24, 2024, 8:58 am

    These people are truly idiots. The focus on the tool, but not the cause, and I am sure in Jackson, MS, gangbangers and druggies are the root cause of their increased homicides. But no, don’t focus on the real problem, blame something tangible they can control…which will have absolutely zero, nada, nyet effect on their murder rate., but they will ‘feel so good’, that they did something.

  • Patrick February 23, 2024, 1:34 pm

    Stopping the sale of guns and ammunition in Jackson violates the second amendment. The people committing violent crimes in Jackson are doing so with stolen firearms. Criminals do not purchase firearms at gunshows. If you really want to stop the violence, start locking up the criminals. We all know who’s committing the violent crimes in Jackson. Let me give you a statistic –> 13%

  • PCNot February 23, 2024, 10:08 am

    Why aren’t these people advocating mandatory prison time for criminals who use firearms? No plea bargaining, mandatory sentencing. Oh wait…..

  • Gutsy63 February 23, 2024, 8:15 am

    Stopping the sale of firearms and ammunition in Jackson will not stop people from going outside of Jackson to purchase them. The “gumshoe loophole” has been proven to be all but non existent. The very few private sellers are selling guns the criminals are not interested in. Shotguns, bolt action deer rifles, etc. This law will once again only stop or impinge the law abiding citizen from being able to get the the things to protect their safety. Also who would rally behind the crackdown on gangs and drug dealers?

  • MSG John Laigaie (ret) February 23, 2024, 7:53 am

    Theater, nothing more than theater. Disarming legally armed Citizens and leaving the criminals with their firearms is absurd. You are not doing this for “victims” you are doing this for your “holier than thou” attitude.

  • Forrest C Adcock February 21, 2024, 11:36 am

    Jackson MS’s only remaining gun store closed in 2022. There are still a few pawn shops in the city, but all of the actual gun stores left for the suburbs years ago. Jackson’s city council can pass this and literally nothing will change.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment February 20, 2024, 5:24 pm

    just making it safer for criminals

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