Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2425, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Philip Moran (R-Hancock and Harrison Counties), by a 101 to 16 vote. As previously reported, SB 2425 creates a tax-free weekend in the Magnolia State during the month of September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies. Special thanks to state Representative Jeff Smith (R-Lowndes County), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who handled this measure on the House floor, and to House Speaker Philip Gunn (R-Hinds, Madison, Warren and Yazoo Counties), who sponsored a similar House bill. Please be sure to thank your state Representative if he or she voted for SB 2425.
SB 2425 will now return to the Mississippi Senate, which is expected to agree to the House amendments, and then be sent to Governor Phil Bryant (R) for his expected signature. Once signed, Senate Bill 2425 will go into effect on July 1, 2014.