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Georgia mayor declares state of emergency due to gun violence, enacts curfew


BLAKELY — Blakely Mayor Travis Wimbush has declared a state of emergency throughout the city due to gun violence and has enacted a curfew in response.

The emergency declaration comes after a rash of gun violence throughout the city. Three people were shot on May 31, two people were shot on June 8, and on June 26, seven people were shot resulting in one death.

According to the emergency declaration, those shootings are just the ones resulting in bodily harm. There were several more shootings throughout the city that did not involve bodily harm.

The primary measure in the resolution to curb the shootings is a midnight curfew throughout the city and an end to alcohol sales each night after 11 p.m.

The following exceptions to the curfew have also been put in place:

  • People returning home from lawful employment.
  • Attending or traveling to or from an event involving the First Amendment rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, or the free exercise of religion.
  • Those traveling through the city.

The state of emergency will remain in effect until the gun violence has abated.

Blakely has a population of just over 5,000 residents.

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1 Comment

  1. Who or what gives this mayor a right to just scrub the constitution. These mayors and the senate is just making up so called laws just for the hell of it.if they did their jobs and lock up these gang members that would do away with these shootings.all they want is to disarm god fearing,working and honest people.its ashamed what this country is coming too.I am so sick of all the laws made to punish good people and not crooks or gang members.these gangs can kill ,rob and steal and oh well catch a honest godly man with a gun and you throw the book at them and lock them up.come on people quit trying to change constitution and follow it.

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