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Gun Laws in Mississippi: State's Rules Provide Interesting Case Nationally

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 10:55 AM

Gun laws in Mississippi, specifically regulations for a permit or license to carry a concealed handgun has been a hot topic this year. With legislative changes being introduced in separate bills in many states across the nation, the Hospitality State proves to be in support of these changes by signing a bill into law last month.

Gun owners in Mississippi will soon be able to carry a concealed, loaded or unloaded, handgun in a purse, briefcase, satchel, or other fully enclosed case without a permit.

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According to Mississippi Gun News, this new law will be effective July 2, 2015 under SB2394 which Gov. Phil Bryan signed into law on April 10, 2015. Also covered under this bill are reduced fees for people to be able to receive and renew their concealed carry license.

Currently, a resident of Mississippi is able to apply for a concealed handgun permit without mandated training. Although, receiving an instructional course in safe gun handling would allow the resident to obtain an "enhanced" permit. The enhanced permit would allow the permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in places prohibited to regular permit holders.

Under the current law, active duty military, veterans and honorably retired law enforcement officers can apply their received firearms training toward obtaining the enhanced permit.

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However, the new law will specify that disabled veterans, active-duty military service members and current or retired law enforcement officers will not need a license to carry a concealed handgun.

In a time when Second Amendment issues are on the frontline, the state of Mississippi is paving the way for other states to follow suit in relaxing regulations for concealed handgun permit holders.

"The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to America and Mississippi. I have always been a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am proud to sign these bills into law," says Gov. Phil Bryant as reported by Mississippi Gun News.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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