Rep. Andy Gipson and other gun rights advocates have come out against Senate Bill 2618 known as the “Constitutional Carry” bill. Constitutional Carry is the ability for citizens to carry a gun just because the U.S. Constitution preserves that right in the 2nd Amendment. According to Rick Ward, “That means no permit, no application, no background checks, no government approval, no fees, and no training requirement.”
Rep. Gipson says that the bill, passed by the Senate, was not a “constitutional carry” bill and identified the following:
Section 1 of the bill as passed the Senate included a general prohibition on concealed carry of pistols, revolvers, and an assortment of knives and other types of weapons.
Section 2 of the bill as passed the Senate included the requirement under current law (Section 45-9-101) of a concealed carry license for the concealed carry of stun guns, pistols and revolvers. Subsection 13 of this provision prohibits concealed carry, even by licensees, in numerous prohibited locations.
House Judiciary B Committee has amended the bill submitted to them by the Senate into something Gipson says is better legislation. However the final product has not been voted upon by the House. The Senate will also have to vote on the new language.
For more information:
- Senate Bill 2618
- House Bill 1272: Create Mississippi Second Amendment Task Force
- MS Code § 45-9-101: License to Carry Concealed Pistol or Revolver
- Rep. Andy Gipson statement on so-called constitutional carry bill
- Rick Ward on HB 1272 and SB 2618
- HB 1272 and SB 2618 — What is Constitutional Carry?