Mississippi Governor Vows To Block Obama Gun Orders
Presidential decrees are “Overreaching and anti-constitutional violation of our rights as American citizens”
Jan 17, 2013
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant vowed yesterday to block enforcement of any federal gun restrictions that infringe upon the Second Amendment, saying that lawmakers should draw up a bill to further protect the State’s rights.
“I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,” Bryant wrote in a letter to his Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state House Speaker Philip Gunn.
Bryant noted that he has no qualms with background checks and existing gun laws that ensure people do not illegally acquire firearms, but said he will not tolerate moves to place restrictions on law abiding gun owners, adding that criminals will not be deterred by such laws.
“If someone kicks open my door and they’re entering my home, I’d like as many bullets as I could to protect my children, and if I only have three, then the ability for me to protect my family is greatly diminished,” Bryant said. “And what we’re doing now is saying, ‘We’re standing against the federal government taking away our civil liberties.’”
In a press conference immediately following Obama’s address to the nation, Bryant and Gunn noted that because Mississippi is a rural state, it can take law enforcement officers up to 20 minutes to reach some homes in an emergency, and that people’s right to defend themselves should not be infringed upon.