This week, the House agreed to Senate amendments on House Bill 346, the NRA-backed shooting range protection bill sponsored by State Representative Warner McBride (D) & State Senator Walter Michel (R). HB 346 has been sent to Governor Haley Barbour's (R) desk and is awaiting his signature.
Also this week, the House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2411, an NRA-supported Right To Carry reform measure sponsored by State Senator Eric Powell (D) & State Representative Bubba Carpenter (R). SB 2411 still contains language extending the term of Right-to-Carry permits from 4 to 5 years and reduces permit renewal fees for senior citizens by 50 percent. However, the new House language calls for an interim report on the feasibility of allowing Mississippians to apply to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for carry permits by mail and reduces the time-frame within which DPS must act on carry permit applications. Such a report will help NRA-ILA lay the groundwork for further improvements to Mississippi's Right-to-Carry law in the future. SB 2411 now moves to the Senate for concurrence with House amendments.
Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for further updates on both of these bills.