This weeks seven top posts are all about the ongoing back and forth over Hinds County Judge Winston Kidd's ruling to halt enforcement of Mississippi's concealed carry law, HB2. The reaction from conservative lawmakers was as similar in message as it was swift. Off the record many conservatives had a simple question: Who the hell … Continue reading #7for7: In a word, Guns.
BY: Andy Gipson @AndyGipsonMS The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution have always recognized "the right to keep and bear arms" without a permit. Our State Constitution provides: Article 3, Section 12. Right to bear arms: The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in … Continue reading GIPSON: Clarification of Constitutional Gun Rights protects all Mississippians.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The law enforcement community is having to come to grips with the fact that all Mississippians have a right to carry a firearm. Some don't appear to be happy that they no longer will be able to demand that citizens fear them. Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis told the … Continue reading Plunkett: HB 2 has added benefit of refocusing law enforcement on true mission.
I’ll say it again: House Bill 2, signed into law by the governor, allows a Mississippian, with or without a permit, to strap on a pistol and stroll about in public. That fact appears to now be dawning on some folks, including law enforcement and even some lawmakers who passed the bill, which becomes law … Continue reading Pender: Permit or not, totin’ a gun OK.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff suggested that the Department of Public Safety should delay fulfilling requests for gun permit records until a law could be enacted to shield them from public scrutiny, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. The emails, obtained under a public records request, show Bryant staff counsel Jack Wilson on Jan. … Continue reading AP: Gov. Bryant staff suggested DPS stall on release of gun owners personal info.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett I had to read the quote a few times to be sure I hadn’t misread. My normal early morning news read usually happens between 5:00AM and 6:30AM, so maybe the caffeine had not yet kicked in. Maybe there was a bit of sleepy still in my eyes. Nope. There it … Continue reading Plunkett: Mississippi House Democrat Myers suggests allowing teachers to carry guns may make them snap.
Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law two measures to protect gun owner rights. House Bill 485, which takes effect immediately, protects personal information collected from applicants for concealed carry permits. House Bill 2, effective July 1, clarifies the legal definition of carrying a concealed weapon. “In January, I called on House and Senate leaders … Continue reading Governor Bryant signs two gun owner protection bills into law.
The Mississippi House has sent a bill to the governor's desk to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons. The move came Thursday even as controversy intensified over the Department of Public Safety's apparent decision to delay pending requests for the records until the bill was pushed into … Continue reading Concealed Carry privacy passes House second time, now headed to Gov. Bryant’s desk.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett As the drama unfolds over whether the Senate will move quickly on protecting Concealed Carry permit holders private information from the public with House Bill 485, it has been revealed that one of the FOIA requests for the information was from local blogger James Hendrix, aka Kingfish. Kingfish runs the … Continue reading Document: Jackson Jambalaya requests Concealed Carry permits issued in 2011-2012.
The National Rifle Association issued the following letter of support for the Concealed Carry privacy bill, HB 485 including a map showing the thirty other states with similar law: HB 485 ensures that information relating to concealed carry permit holders is exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act, but still allows law enforcement to share … Continue reading NRA issues letter of support for HB 485, Concealed Carry privacy bill.