Armed Mississippi mayor says he’ll sue aldermen over city hall gun ban

Published 1:51 pm Monday, September 16, 2019

A Mississippi mayor who brought a gun to a public hearing says he plans to file a lawsuit against the town’s board of alderman.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Aberdeen Mayor Maurice Howard said Friday he plans to legally challenge a resolution the board passed to forbid firearms at City Hall.

The board motioned Tuesday to post signage stating guns wouldn’t be allowed except for by law enforcement. Howard says he didn’t do anything illegal when he wore a gun in a holster to a budget meeting Sept. 3.

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The mayor says if the board reverses its decision on the gun proposal he’ll sue over two cuts to his salary last summer.

Alderman Doug Stone says a recent proposal to cut the mayor’s pay a third time didn’t pass.