The Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today condemned Governor Phil Bryant for signing S.B. 2394, legislation that will allow people to carry loaded handguns in bags, briefcases, or other fully enclosed cases without a permit. The new law will even allow certain people who have recently been convicted of violent crimes to legally carry concealed weapons on public streets throughout the state. The law, which was pushed through the legislature by Representative Andy Gipson, comes just weeks after Gipson helped defeat S.B. 2618, another bill that would have allowed people without a permit to carry concealed in public places.
“Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi legislature failed to recognize the dangers of passing S.B. 2394, and in doing so, have ultimately compromised the public safety of Mississippi families,” said Victoria Coy, the Gulf States Organizing Manager for Moms Demand Action. “We are terribly disappointed that Representative Gipson quietly amended and pushed through this dangerous bill allowing Mississippians to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit. He was probably hoping that we wouldn’t notice – but unfortunately for him, we did and we will remember when it comes time to head to the voting booth.”
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About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand