Jackson Police Order Stores To Take Down Sex Toys

Jackson police have ordered adult bookstores to remove displays of sex toys. The crackdown comes on the heels of a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of of a law that bans the sale of sex toys.

The justices also said the advertising of the sexual devices is not protected by the right to free speech. Police Sgt. William Gladney said the department had not been enforcing the law because it was on appeal.

Merchants face a $500 fine for the sale of sex toys. Jackson police have ordered Adult Video and Bookstore, Terry Road Book Store and Heritage Video Inc. to remove their sex toys.

Adam and Eve and ZJ Gifts LLC, the Memphis-based owner of Christal's chain of adult stores, sued the state of Mississippi in 2000.

The company claimed the law barring the sale of certain adult devices was unconstitutional.

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