A champion of Second Amendment gun rights in the House raised concerns about a Senate bill to make it legal to carry a concealed pistol, revolver or stun gun.
State Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, filed Senate Bill 2618, known as the Constitutional Carry bill; to allow a person who legally owns a firearm to carry it open or concealed without it violating the law.
Hill, who is also a gun rights advocate, said her bill doesn’t do away with any of the state’s required permits.
The Senate bill said: “It shall not be a violation of this section for any person to carry a concealed pistol, revolver or stun gun if the person is at least 21 years of age and is legally able to possess firearms under state and federal law, whether the person is a resident of the state or not.”
But House Judiciary B Chairman Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, successfully urged his committee Tuesday to strike Senate language in the bill and insert House language calling for a task force to be established to study the issue and make a report to next year’s Legislature.
Gipson said the Senate bill contradicts itself and that in one section it says it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon but in another section says it’s not.
“It doesn’t do what they say,” Gipson said. “It’s well intentioned, but it’s not a constitutional carry law… We need to make sure we don’t have unintended consequences.”