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Mississippi: Carry Reform, Park Carry Bill Headed to Governor!

Friday, March 26, 2010

This week, the Senate voted to accept an NRA-supported House amendment to SB 2862 by State Senator Gray Tollison (D), giving the measure final approval and sending it to Governor Haley Barbour (R) for his consideration. 

As introduced and passed in the Senate, Senate Bill 2862 allowed retired law enforcement officers to qualify for the ability to carry a concealed firearm without a permit under federal law by gaining certification from the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.  State Representative Warner McBride (D) successfully added a House floor amendment to SB 2862 that repeals the current state ban on the possession of firearms in public parks by Mississippi Right-To-Carry permit holders.  This change in state law will allow Mississippi permit holders to carry in state parks and to benefit from the new federal law that took effect last month removing the ban on possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges located in the state. 

This amendment process became necessary when a House committee failed to take up Senate Bill 2153 by State Senator Merle Flowers (R), a bill which removed parks and many other locations from the prohibited places section of the state's Right to Carry law. 

Thank you to all those who contacted their legislators during this process.

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