This is great news for gun owners and for people who will enjoy the protections afforded by this bill.
The entire state of Mississippi — including churches — just got a whole lot safer. A new bill signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, would allow guns in churches, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The bill also greatly expands permitless carry — so-called “constitutional carry” — in the state as well.
The “Mississippi Church Protection Act,” House Bill 786, would allow churches to institute a security program that would allow certain church members to carry a firearm for protection in the event of an attack. Introduced by State Rep. Andy Gipson, it passed with a majority vote.
The bill was inspired by the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, last year, in which church members were unable to defend themselves against the shooter.
“The governing body of any church or place of worship may establish a security program by which designated members are authorized to carry firearms for the protection of the congregation of such church or place of worship, including resisting any unlawful attempt to kill a member(s) or attendee(s) of such church or place of worship, or to commit any felony upon any such member or attendee in the church or place of worship or in the immediate premises thereof,” the new law stated.
In addition to that, the law widened constitutional carry rights, which allow citizens to carry their weapons without a permit.
Unsurprisingly, the bill was heavily criticized by gun-grabbers.
“Mississippians will be put at risk as a result of this bill that will allow certain violent criminals and those with dangerous mental illness to carry concealed handguns without a permit,” Shirley Hopkins Davis, volunteer leader of the Mississippi Chapter of Moms Demand Action, said in an idiotic statement that ignored the fact that those categories are already carrying guns without a permit, because they don’t care about what the law says.
Gun rights advocates, however, were thrilled at Mississippi’s stand for the Constitution.
“Gov. Bryant stood strong for the Second Amendment by signing this significant bill, in spite of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to spread lies about it,” Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said via a statement.
I don’t know about you, but I’d feel a lot safer attending a church in Mississippi.