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Supervisor Stokes compares gun manufacturer to blood money

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

State lawmakers accomplished their goal of luring a gun maker to Mississippi, but not everyone is happy to see them here.

Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes plans to protest the arrival of Talon Ordinance.

He says a peaceful picket will be held outside the governor's mansion Monday at noon.

Friday Governor Phil Bryant announced Talon's plans to build a manufacturing facility in Ridgeland.

Talon builds various models of rifles, pistols, and shotguns, and suppressors.

Stokes and the mother of murder victim Rodrick Harris, who was killed June 3rd, believes the guns made by Talon will end up on the streets of Jackson creating more violence.

They have a message for Bryant.

"Take time out and look at all the senseless killings. Take time out to go to some of these victim's parent's houses and sit down and talk with them," said LaTrinia Harris, whose son was shot and killed June 3.

"Blood money from guns is similar to blood money from dope dealers. They destroy lives and we don't need blood money in Mississippi. Yes, we need jobs, but not that badly that we are gone let them bring more guns and have more babies being killed," Hinds Supervisor Kenneth Stokes said.

Talon plans to produce at least 3,000 rifles and employ 10 people.

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