Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, the Mississippi Senate, under the pro-Second Amendment leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R), approved House Bill 314 – NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Rankin, Simpson, and Smith Counties), by a 40-11 vote. HB 314 contains a number of important reforms to Mississippi state firearms preemption and emergency powers protection laws, including:
- The expansion of protections against the confiscation of legally-possessed firearms during a state of emergency or natural disaster (incorporating language from House Bill 705, sponsored by state Representative Dennis DeBar (R-Forrest, George, Greene, Perry and Wayne Counties))
- Protection of residents’ rights to lawfully own and possess firearms in public housing
- Clarification of limits on the authority of municipalities and counties to restrict the carrying of firearms, and the establishment of a legal remedy for citizens who are adversely impacted by local gun control ordinances enacted outside the scope of this authority
- Prohibition on the destruction of firearms acquired by local governments as a result of gun “buyback” programs (incorporating language from House Bill 485 by state Representative Gary Chism, (R-Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha Counties)
Please send a note of thanks to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves (R), Senate Judiciary A Chairman Briggs Hopson (R-Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo Counties), who managed HB 314 in committee, and state Senator Sean Tindell (R-Harrison County), who successfully handled HB 314 on the Senate floor. Also, be sure to thank those state Senators who supported this important bill! Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.
HB 314 now returns to the Mississippi House of Representatives which is expected to agree with a technical Senate amendment before it is sent to Governor Phil Bryant (R) for his signature into law.
Thank you for all your calls and e-mails in support of this legislation throughout the legislative process.
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