JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – City of Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes is tackling gunfire in the metro.
Councilman Stokes would like to amend the law to make jail time and fines mandatory for shooting a gun in the City of Jackson.
The ordinance states that a person would be sentenced to 90 days in jail and a one-thousand-dollar fine for a first offense.
Councilman Stokes says the aim of this ordinance is to get guns out of the hands of careless people.
“You must allow people in this city to feel safe, and if you’re asleep at night and then you’re hearing all this gunfire, you can’t feel safe,” said Councilman Stokes.
The councilman says that the law will mostly rely on eyewitnesses to report when people shoot guns in the City of Jackson.
He will introduce the ordinance at the city council meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Also on the agenda, Councilman Stokes is presenting a “no confidence vote” in Governor Phil Bryant to be considered on Tuesday as well.
Councilman Stokes says this is in response to the Religious Accommodations Act, Confederate Heritage Month and the fact that Mississippi’s state flag hasn’t changed.
He wants to prove to the country that not all Mississippians agree with the governor, starting with the capital city.
We reached out to the governor’s office for a response, but our request hasn’t been answered at this time.