Yesterday, the state House Judiciary B Committee approved three NRA-backed bills which will now be sent to the House floor for consideration. While this is an important step in the legislative process, it is just the beginning and as such, it is important that you contact your state Representative in support of these bills.
House Bill 455, by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-77), seeks to repeal the state recordkeeping requirement for licensed firearm dealers. Federal law requires licensed dealers to keep detailed records of sale and limits the release of this information to bona fide criminal investigations. Similar state requirements – which allow the general public to view records on law-abiding gun purchasers -- are redundant, costly and unnecessary.
House Bill 627, by state Representative Gary Chism (R-37), would prohibit state and local participation in gun “buy-back” programs unless the agency or governmental entity offers all surrendered firearms for sale at auction to federal firearm licensed dealers.
House Bill 695, by state Representative John Moore (R-60), would require Mississippi to recognize any valid out-of-state carry permit - a change which will ultimately lead to Mississippi carry permits being honored by more states.
HB 455, HB 627 and HB 695 now move to House floor for consideration. Please contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support these three pro-gun measures. You can leave a message for your state lawmaker in Jackson at (601) 359-3770. Additional contact information can be found by clicking here.