JACKSON, Miss.--During a press conference immediately following Pres. Obama's speech, Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn, Gov. Phil Bryant and Rep. Chris Brown made it clear that Mississippi will resiste any measure that limits the rights of Mississippians to keep and bear arms.
Bryant said that such resistance would be legal.
Gunn said Mississippians, for the most part, live in rural areas where law enforcement is sometimes 15 to 20 minutes away or longer. He said that the knowledge that a resident might have a gun in the house is sometimes the only thing keeping a criminal at bay.
Brown said he would introduce a bill that would incentivize gun and ammo manufacturers to locate in the state. He said that would mean it would be a state and not a federal issue at that point, rendering any efforts to make possession null and void.
The president signed 23 executive orders Wednesday, asking Congress to ban high capacity magazines and "assault" weapons, such as the AR-15, which uses .223 ammo.