Lawmakers in the Magnolia State protect the second amendment.
Guns.com reported on 3/30 that lawmakers passed new legislation designed to enhance concealed carry protections while allowing citizens in Mississippi to carry based only on the merit of the second amendment.
The measure passed the House 83-55 and began first as a church security bill before evolving into a bill intended to offer constitutional carry. During the voting process, representatives amended the legislation to allow unlicensed concealed carry anywhere in the state as long as firearms are stored in a holster or scabbard.
The Senate approved the bill by a 36-14 vote.
Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves recently said they supported the measure, Reeves in particular released the following statement:
“Unfortunately, our nation has seen tragic incidents carried out in places of worship, Mississippians should be able to attend church knowing they have security measures in place to protect them from anyone trying to do them harm.”
National gun control groups weren’t as happy about the new legislation:
“Today’s vote is a dangerous setback for our state that dismantles the concealed carry permitting system that has helped to keep Mississippians safe for years,” leader of the Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action Shirley Hopkins Davis said in a statement. “Mississippi lawmakers have made it clear that the will of 83 percent of Mississippians who agree that a person should have a permit to carry a hidden loaded handgun in public does not matter to them at all.”
The National Rifle Association argued that the bill would keep current concealed carry schemes in place while allowing undocumented carry as well.
Lawmakers in Mississippi clearly decided not to align themselves with the Obama mandate on gun control which is yet another reason why states’ rights are so important.