Mississippi: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills into Law

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Mississippi Governor signed into law, legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies…

Charlotte, NC –-(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2425 into law, the NRA-backed legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.

SB 2425 passed with amendments in the state House by a 102 to 16 vote, with concurrence in the Senate by a 39 to 11 vote.  The inaugural sales tax holiday will take place on September 5 through September 7, 2014, and Mississippi gun owners and sportsmen are encouraged to visit their local firearms and sporting goods retailers that weekend.  Special thanks to bill sponsor, state Senator Philip Moran (R-46), as well as state Representative Jeff Smith (R-39) who shepherded this bill through the House, and the pro-Second Amendment leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) and House Speaker Philip Gunn (R-56).

Last week, March 27 2014, Governor Bryant also signed House Bill 314, a comprehensive NRA-supported measure, into law.  HB 314 passed with amendments in the state Senate by a 40 to 11 vote, with concurrence in the state House by a 103 to 18 vote.  HB 314, as amended and enacted, will:

  • expand protections against government confiscation of legally-possessed firearms during a state of emergency or natural disaster
  • clarify limits on the authority of municipalities and counties to restrict the carrying of firearms and establishes a legal remedy for citizens who are adversely impacted by local ordinances enacted outside the scope of this authority
  • affirm the rights of law-abiding citizens who live in public housing to possess firearms
  • prohibit local governments from destroying firearms collected at taxpayer-funded gun “buyback” events

Special thanks to bill sponsor, state Representative Andy Gipson (R-77), as well as state Senators Briggs Hopson (R-23) and Sean Tindell (R-49) for navigating this measure successfully through the Senate.  Additional thanks to Speaker Gunn and Lt. Governor Reeves for their critical roles in passage of this legislation.

An important thank you to all NRA members who contacted their state lawmakers throughout the 2014 legislative session in support of both these measures.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Jeff in MS

But state office buildings under the governor’s control still have “no guns” signs posted, in spite of the fact that it’s statutorily legal to CCW with the proper permit or to open carry in those buildings, regardless of any signs. So why does Gov. Bryant have the signs posted if he’s so pro-gun rights?