I covered this subject with Senator Angela Hill on the radio show last week but the Clarion-Ledger published a nice front-page story on a gun rights battle that is currently taking place in the legislature.* JJ has much more information to add to this story but will let the newspaper have its day in the sun today. Stay tuned for tomorrow. What is interesting about this story is that this out-of-state group is not attacking moderates or fence-sitters but instead legislators who are strong supporters of gun rights. Geoff Pender wrote:
Often wearing a tan military-looking jacket with a Mississippi Gun Rights logo on it, Noel Fritsch has lobbied lawmakers since January to pass "constitutional carry," allowing people to carry concealed guns without a permit. (Mr. Fritsch commented on the article that he does not own such a jacket. He did not state he did not wear one, however. Perhaps he leases it?).
At first welcomed by conservatives in the pro-gun Mississippi Legislature, Fritsch appears to have worn out his welcome with several, including the senator who filed the bill he wanted. They vow never again to deal with him or his organization, after they were targeted with "robo-calls" and social media ads claiming they are anti-gun rights. Fritsch also faces complaints that he was lobbying lawmakers without being registered as a lobbyist, a potential violation of state law, albeit one that's seldom prosecuted.
As was often the case when he served as communications director for state Sen. Chris McDaniel's U.S. Senate campaign last year, Fritsch has in part become the issue. "I have a goal to run (Mississippi Gun Rights) out of Mississippi, and I hope they never come back," said House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, one of the Legislature's staunchest gun-rights advocates. "They have made me mad … Noel Fritsch is no friend of mine. He has got a bad way of doing things."
Sen. Angela Hill, who filed a constitutional carry bill on behalf of Fritsch and Mississippi Gun Rights, said she has warned Fritsch she would contact the Capitol Police if he contacts her again. She said his communications with her went from bossy to "borderline threatening."
"I don't want any more dealings with him in the future, whatsoever," Hill said. "… In hindsight, I should have done more research before I filed a bill for them." Rest of the story. Much more worth reading.
Remember when I posted a headline about revolutions eating their children a few weeks ago? This is what I was referring to at that time. By the way, this buffoon is not even registered to vote here (as of last Friday). He is an out-of-state representative representing an out-of-state group. I think the word I used on the radio last week was "carpetbagger". The word still fits Mr. Fritsch.
*Constitutional Carry is the belief that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives one the right to carry a weapon concealed or unconcealed anywhere or almost anywhere. The Mississippi Constitution gives the legislature the right to regulate the concealed carry of firearms.