State legislature to evaluate multiple gun-related bills in 2014

2014 will be an active year for gun control in the Mississippi Legislature.

Last year, Mississippi House Bill 2 became law and clarified the definition of “concealed” weapons and affirmed the right to carry weapons openly in the state of Mississippi (to include in holsters or other carrying devices that can be plainly seen).  Since that time, local governments have been racing to ban firearms from city and county property effectively nullifying the state law while compromising the authority of concealed carry permit holders.

Rep. Andy Gipson (R-77) introduced House Bill 314 this year to clarify the limits and authority of local governments to restrict open or concealed carry.

Rep. Omeria Scott (D-80) introduced House Bill 231 to establish an ammunition registration and serialization system in the state.

Rep. Deborah Dixon (D-63) introduced House Bill 179 to repeal portions of the state “Castle Doctrine” law.  The bill would “remove the immunity of justifiable homicide provided to persons who commit the killing of an aggressor when that killing occurs outside of the dwelling.”  Also Anyone claiming protection under the Castle Doctrine would be required to submit to drug testing.

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