Next week, the Senate Judiciary A Committee and the full Senate are expected to vote on SB 2426, NRA-backed self-defense reform legislation sponsored by State Senators Charlie Ross (R-20), Ralph Doxey (R-02), and 30 other Senate co-sponsors. SB 2426 is based on Florida’s landmark "Castle Doctrine" law passed in 2005. HB 882, the House companion bill to SB 2426, sponsored by State Representative Stephen Holland (D-16) and supported by Representative Gary Chism (R-37), was approved by the House Judiciary A Committee and is expected to pass the full House before the end of the week.
Several other lawmakers had introduced related measures to reform Mississippi’s self-defense laws, including HB 241 (Rep. Bobby Moak (D-53)), HB 369 (Rep. Bill Denny (R-64)) and HB 380 (Rep. Sam Mims (R-97)). However, it appears at this point that SB 2426 and HB 882 will be the vehicles for passing this important legislation this session. You can view the text of these measures at www.ls.state.ms.us/. We’ll keep you posted on their progress as each bill moves to the opposite legislative chamber for approval!