House kills so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill

Senate Bill 2618, the so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill, was killed in the house this week. Rep. Andy Gipson argued that the bill was not fundamentally sound and did not strengthen gun rights in Mississippi where open carry, unlicensed vehicle carry, and concealed carry are already legal. Gipson stated the House “remains committed to passing good legislation that further supports and restores the Second Amendment rights of Mississippians. But [the House of Representatives] will do so independently of questionable organizations, in a manner that retains integrity and in a way that will not risk sacrificing the many gains we have made the last four years.”

Gipson has been a staunch gun rights proponent. Under his leadership in 2013, the House passed and the Governor later signed House Bill 2 which, Gipson stated, reflects what the Mississippi State Constitution Article 3, Section 12 already guarantees.  Specifically, House Bill 2 clarified the definition of concealed carry in Sections 45-9-101, 97-37-1, 97-37-15, and 97-37-19 of Mississippi state law.

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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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