Senate Bill 2394, sponsored and passed by state Senator Terry Burton (R-Newton) and state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) during the 2015 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature, will take effect on Wednesday, July 1. This NRA-backed measure -- which was a legislative priority of Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, had the strong backing of House Speaker Philip Gunn, and was signed into law on April 9 by Governor Phil Bryant -- makes the following significant pro-Second Amendment reforms to Mississippi law:
- Reduces fees for an original regular concealed carry permit from $100 to $80, for a renewed concealed carry permit from $50 to $40, and exempts active duty military personnel from any application fees. Renewal fees for senior citizens will also drop from $25 to $20.
- Clarifies that a state-issued permit is not necessary for the transportation of loaded or unloaded pistols or revolvers in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.
- Establishes a special classification of carry permit for honorably retired law enforcement officers and honorably retired correctional offers who provide letters from their respective agency or department confirming their status and completion of a certified law enforcement training academy.
Your NRA-ILA thanks you for all the phone calls and emails in support of SB 2394 during the legislative session and in helping make this important bill become law in Mississippi!