Constitutional Carry has been passed by both the House and Senate in Mississippi and
Governor Phil Bryant (R) is expected to sign the bill into law!
The House passed legislation by a vote of 85-35 this week to abolish the requirement for a concealed carry permit and allow full Constitutional Carry.
The Constitutional Carry legislation, House Bill 786, expanded carry provisions from carrying in a bag, purse, or satchel without a permit to carrying holstered as well.
According to NRA-ILA, the Constitutional Carry bill accomplishes the following:
Expands current permitless carry options to include belt and shoulder holsters. (Legislation passed in 2015 authorized Mississippians who are eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law to carry a pistol or revolver without a license in purses, handbags, satchels, other similar bags or briefcases or fully enclosed cases).
Allows church authorities to develop security programs that designate enhanced carry permit holders or those with military or law enforcement backgrounds to protect places of worship and receive the benefits of existing protections under the state’s “Castle Doctrine” law.
Prohibits state or local enforcement of federal executive orders or agency regulations not approved by Congress which conflict with the Constitution of the United States or the Mississippi Constitution.
The legislation takes effect upon the Governor’s signature, making Mississippi the ninth state to pass Constitutional Carry!
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) and Speaker Philip Gunn (R), as well as the sponsor, state Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton), and committee chairman state Sen. Sean Tindell (R-Gulfport) were the key leadership that got the bill passed through the Senate and House.
West Virginia and Idaho also abolished their concealed carry permit requirements this year and which take effect this summer.
Seven other states recognize the Second Amendment as a sufficient carry permit: Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming.
Texas allows both open carry and concealed carry of a handgun, but requires a permit to do both.
Texas is now starting the fight to take it to the last step: Constitutional Carry!
Since Obama took office, gun ownership has tripled, gun production has more than doubled, laws such as this protecting gun ownership have flourished, and guess what?
Gun homicides are at an incredible decrease!! Imagine that!
“States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes. Thirty-one states now have such laws—called “shall-issue” laws. These laws allow adults the right to carry concealed handguns if they do not have a criminal record or a history of significant mental illness.”
Gun control expert, John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws debunks myths that banning handguns reduce crime.