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Mississippi Legislature Passes Lawsuit Preemption

Monday, December 2, 2002

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate came to an agreement during the last week of November on House Bill 19, a tort reform package that includes NRA-backed firearms lawsuit preemption language. Each chamber has adopted the compromise language and HB 19 has been sent to Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) for his expected signature. Upon his signature, Mississippi will become the 31st state to pass legislation protecting the lawful firearms industry.

Your phone calls were critical in creating momentum each time the proposal stalled. Special thanks to: Lt. Governor Amy Tuck (D), Senate President Pro Tem Travis Little (D), and House Speaker Tim Ford (D) for their leadership on this issue, as well as Sen. Tommy Robertson (R), Sen. Glenn Hamilton (R), Rep. Keith Montgomery (R), Rep. Warner McBride (D) and countless others for working to ensure that NRA-backed language remained in the final version of the bill.

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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.