(Gov. Phil) Bryant’s office said Friday the governor had signed Senate Bill 2394, and it will take effect July 1.
The bill also reduces fees for people to receive and renew a concealed-carry license. The fee for a new license would drop to $80 from $100, and the renewal fee for people younger than 65 would drop to $40 from $50. For people 65 and older, the renewal fee would drop to $20 from $25.
The bill specifies disabled veterans, people on active-duty military service and current or honorably retired law enforcement officers don’t need a license to carry a concealed gun.
Supporters cast the bill as a matter of safety for women who want to carry a gun in a purse without having to get a license.
Bryant also signed Senate Bill 2619, which allows active duty military, veterans and honorably retired law enforcement officers to substitute their military service for the state-required eight-hour training course to obtain the enhanced carry endorsement. In Mississippi, permit holders who complete the training course and receive an endorsement can bring their handguns everywhere except police stations, jails, courtrooms and federal property regardless of gun-free-zone signs.