Friday, April 10, 2015

Governor signs gun bills

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

Governor Bryant Signs Gun Rights Measures into Law

JACKSON—Governor Phil Bryant has signed two gun rights measures into law. Senate Bill 2394 allows Mississippians the option of carrying a pistol or revolver in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed case without a concealed carry permit. Senate Bill 2619, which is effective immediately, allows active duty military, veterans and honorably retired law enforcement officers to count firearms training toward the requirements for an enhanced concealed carry permit and protects Mississippians from federal overregulation of ammunition.

“The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to America and to Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I have always been a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am proud to sign these bills into law. I thank the National Rifle Association for their support of these measures and thank Rep. Andy Gibson for his continued leadership on behalf of gun owners in Mississippi.”

Senate Bill 2394, which is effective July 1, 2015, also:
  • reduces the fee for concealed carry permits from $100 to $80;
  • reduces permit renewal fees;
  • exempts active duty military from paying the concealed carry fee, and
  • beginning Jan. 1, 2016, allows the Department of Public Safety to include the designation “retired law enforcement officer” on driver licenses for honorably retired law enforcement and correctional officers.

“The NRA's five million dues-paying members appreciate the leadership of Governor Phil Bryant on Second Amendment issues. The legislation he signed into law will provide key reforms and strengthen the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Mississippians,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA-ILA.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Governor!!

Next up, Constitutional Carry!!!

Anonymous said...

time to buy a larger purse!

Anonymous said...

Honorably retired law enforcement officers, disabled veterans, and active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States shall be exempt from the payment of the license fee. As sent and signed by the governor.

Anonymous said...

God Bless America and God Bless Feel Bryant.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth should someone be allowed to conceal a weapon in a bag and not have to have a concealed weapon permit? This is reckless legislation. The NRA is nothing more than a good cause which has run amok. It believes that if you're not adding gun rights, you're losing them, and preys on ignorant people to whip into a frenzy for its causes.

Anonymous said...


How did "the right to keep and bear arms" get deduced to "not in public display" as many see it as today?

Anonymous said...

Just like open carry would return us to the wild west. When is the last time you saw someone openly carrying a firearm? Outside of law enforcement I haven't seen anyone carrying in the open.

Yes, you have your opinion and I have mine. And just to remind you, a criminal doesn't care about the law.

Just my opinion, but as Dennis Miller says, I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

1:50. It hasn't. When did the right to "bear" arms get expanded to mean "bear them any damn time/place you please" as many see it today. You can keep and bear arms, uphold the 2nd Amendment and still have some state controls over the circumstances.

2:04 - Yep, we can agree to disagree. While criminals don't care, but I'm more worried about the nut jobs walking the streets or driving down the road. Too many damn fools in our society hopped up on anti-psychotics to promote more nuts carrying guns into the Piggly Wiggly, in may opinion.

Nevertheless, I think the state should have a right to make this decision. Our's did. Just wanted to voice a little displeasure. I'll abide.

David Frazier said...

When I was much younger, I believed just like 12:54. As I grew older, I began looking into the history of the First Amendment. I soon came to realize that the Founding Fathers believed strongly that the best way to thwart the designs and ambitions of a potential tyrant is for him to know that he must always answer to a well-armed citizenry. Over the years my understanding and appreciation of the Founders' wisdom on this matter has only grown. Respect for the Rule of Law may be the foundation of our secular democratic republic. However, every government leader is also aware that he serves in the role as a public trustee, and that he is accountable to the people, and that he can be removed from office by the people for violating that trust--either by the Rule of Law, or by Natural Law, i.e., force of arms if necessary.

Anonymous said...


I always carry when visiting Kroger, especially their store off I-55.

You are more worried about nut jobs than criminals? Do you live in Jackson?

Speaking of PERS said...

What the hell is an 'honorably retired law enforcement officer'?

Anonymous said...

Looks like BIG GUN has won again if serious minded people think the change in the concealed weapon permitting laws are inextricably bound to the defense against tyrannical forms of government.

Seriously, the intent / propriety of the 2nd Amendment doesn't appear to be at issue.

Don't blame you for carrying in Kroger along 55. Known 2 people mugged in the parking lot there.

Anonymous said...

David Frazier - keep looking into that First Amendment. Eventually you'll learn that it's the Second Amendment that covers the right to bear arms :-)

Anonymous said...

331 -

1541 -
No. I live in the second suburb north of town (buffer suburb has worked thus far, although it's breaching in spots).

David Frazier said...

Ooops,4:30! I wrote that just before I was closing my eyes to take a nap. Damn! Getting old is a b***h!

Anonymous said...

12:54 I have seen many people doing open carry of a firearm. I keep a 40 cal glock with me all the time.

Leave Me Be Bro said...

The biggest problem is and will continue to be businesses that post 'no firearms allowed' signs on their buildings.

I'm not particularly (by this post) advocating for or against carrying. Just saying businesses don't know the law and are going to cause problems for people who do and intend to exercise their rights.

Anonymous said...

1924, you failed mention whether or not you carry your Glock open or concealed. Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

3:55 PM said "what the hell is an honorably retired law enforcement officer".
That would be me 3:55. 30+ years and drawing a pension.
What part of that don't you understand?

Honorable Mention said...

10:38; 'Honorable Discharge' is a military term. There is no such term for municipal or state policemen. I don't care that you draw a pension or that you worked 30+ years. You are simply retired.

If you insist you are 'honorably retired', give us evidence of someone in your situation who is 'dishonorably retired'. Or scan and post a photo of your retirement paperwork.

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