The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors approved the request with the stipulation that no firearms be brought onto court square. Bobby McDaniel and Jay Anthony told the board of plans for the Firearm Freedom Day, which is set for Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some concern emerged during the discussion about whether the law allows guns on the courthouse grounds, but the organizers agreed to a stipulation of no guns in order to gain approval of the request.
“We expect hundreds of out-of-towners into town for this event,” said Anthony, a member of the Alcorn County Tea Party Patriots. “We can’t think of a better month than July to celebrate the constitution.”
He said it is a nonpartisan event that promises “a fun, good, clean day.” Anthony encourages people to bring a lawn chair and “listen to these guys speak about our constitution and the fact that Mississippi has reaffirmed the second amendment.”
Scheduled speakers include Henry Ross, retired Navy commander; Danny Bedwell, chairman of the Mississippi Libertarian Party; the Rev. Clayton “Blackhawk” Self, a Tea Party activist; and various local officials.
McDaniel said one reason for the event is to thank the local legislators for their support of House Bill 2, which clarified the state’s concealed weapons law but is getting attention for language it contains regarding “open carry.”
Plans for the event also include music, self-defense demonstrations, food booths and kids’ activities. In case of rain, it moves to the American Legion.
Anthony said security and first aid will be on hand.