In a bill labelled a “Church Protection Act, the Mississippi legislature appears ready to join the permitless or “Constitutional” carry club. If Governor Bryan signs the bill into law, Mississippi will become the third state this year to join the club, putting its members at 10, or 20 percent of the states . . .

Members of the club range from the East coast to the Pacific, from Alaska to Arizona, with midwest, eastern, and western members. At 10 members, the club is larger than the dwindling “may issue” club, where peoples ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights is subject to the whim of police or other officials.

“Constitutional” carry derives its nomenclature from the state of law at the time that the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was ratified. At that time no permit for the carry of arms was required, openly or concealed. Current “Constitutional” carry states may vary a little from this ideal; there may be restrictions on minors, felons, and the mentally ill. Hence the more accurate appellation of permitless carry.

Earlier this year, West Virginia and Idaho passed their versions of permitless carry. West Virginia has a “shall issue” law. Idaho already had effective permitless carry over 99 percent of the state, so the transition was a small increment.

The Mississippi transition is also incremental. It’s already legal to carry a firearm in an enclosed container, such as a purse, bag or briefcase. HB 786 passed the House 85-33 on February 17th. It passed the Senate on 29 March, 36 to 14, with an amendment, and has been sent back to the House for concurrence.

The increment used by Representative Gipson [above] show how clever a pro-Second Amendment representative can be. Here is the relevant part of HB 786 (the underlined words would be added to existing law):

(24)  No license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.

If the pistol is in a holster, no permit will be required. If the pistol is in a purse, bag, case or any container that completely encloses it, no permit is required. If the pistol is openly carried, no permit is required.

So where *is* a permit required? Maybe in a pocket, completely concealed, without a holster? Maybe in a waistband with no holster and a shirt over it? I suspect that representative Gipson may remove those last tiny impediments next session, if this bill becomes law.

In short, if this bill is concurred in the House, then is signed or becomes law, Mississippi will be a permitless carry or “constitutional” carry state.

There are other reforms in the law. As the title suggests, the law “allows” Churches to have some of their members defend them, and grants immunities to church security officers similar to those that police officers have, when they are in the performance of their duties.

The law also would also withdraw state support for executive orders or agency regulations that have not been approved by Congress, and conflict with the State or Federal Constitutions.

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43 Responses to Mississippi to Join “Constitutional Carry” Club

  1. So with one stroke of a pen, Mississippi becomes a state I like for one reason and think is batshit retarded for another. The trials of being a pro gun moderate.

      • He’s referring to the other bill that passed that will allow religious institutions and certain private businesses to discriminate against LGBT patrons if they so choose.

        I just want to say, I am not religious, but I am a former business owner and I feel that I should be able to refuse service to any person for any reason. I think that if we keep reaffirming the notion that the government can compel a private business to provide goods or services by force that it will only lead to bad things down the road.

        • In understand that reasoning, but there’s a line we draw that kind of thinking. Refusing to serve someone because they are LGBTQ is the same as refusing service based on skin color or gender, something that’s been a fight for many people (especially for people I care about among friends and family). Maybe I’m biased about this because I am also not religious, but I don’t understand how swerving someone who loves the same gender they were born as (or wants to act like the opposite gender) violates another person’s beliefs; where in the bible does it say “thou shalt not serve the gays’?

        • Alternatively, where in the Bible does it say “Thou shalt serve the gays”?
          I say if a business owner is foolish enough to refuse good money from those they don’t agree with, they deserve to learn their lesson by being put out of business (or at the very least, they lose business). No laws or government intervention necessary. It’s similar to those of us who refuse to do business with shops that post a sign under the delusion that they can manufacture a gun free zone.

        • It’s complicated, if you actually believe in “freedom”.

          People should be free to believe in whatever religious nonsense they want, they should also be free to pay whatever economic price those beliefs incur.

          As a former (and current) business owner, all I care about is the color of your money. My petty trifles about your personal lifestyle mean precisely jack squat- you get to do as you want, as long as it doesn’t negatively impact me and mine.

          The part that’s hard for me to square with that belief is that it means people will be discriminated against simply for being a flamer in skinny jeans and acting like a queen. Or for being a couple of raging bulls, who just want a particular wedding photographer.

          I guess in the end, there is no free lunch. People of all stripes are discriminated against all the time, the question is whether it becomes part of your yelp reviews, so people actually know that a certain baker doesn’t want to do a lesbian wedding cake, and take their business elsewhere. Let the chips fall and all that.

          As far as not “servring gays” in the Bible, are you kidding? It says you are to *kill* them…

          “So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved. When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They are forever inventing new ways of sinning and are disobedient to their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. They are fully aware of God’s death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway. And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (Romans 1:24-32)”

          Not to mention….

          “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
          -Leviticus 20:13

        • A business should have the right to refuse service to a jerk. The argument isn’t about “We don’t want to serve gays.”. There’s nothing stopping a gay couple from picking up a blank cake from a shop. The problem comes when they walk into a Christian store and demand a 7 layer wedding cake covered with d***s with the words we <3 c*** on it. It's about CUSTOM services. Sort of like the FBI demanding Apple create a program to break their own software protection,come to think of it.

        • @Bigred, the “line” vis-à-vis race has ever since steadily been advancing to include more and more “oppressed” groups. The whole point is that a property owner (and property includes a business that you own) should be able to do anything he damn well pleases with his own private property for whatever reason, short of using it to cause the kind of harm to someone else that is typically covered by criminal statutes.

        • “The problem comes when they walk into a Christian store and demand a 7 layer wedding cake covered with d***s with the words we <3 c*** on it. It's about CUSTOM services."

          So the owner of a non-cultist bakery can turn down, say, drawing Noah’s Ark on a cake, yes? A petulant deity is so angered that his creation is doing things he doesn’t like, that he decides to kill them all. Except for one nutter who puts some animals on a boat. That’s far more obscene than a few phalluses on a cake. Not to mention bat-ish crazy to actually believe.

        • Yes, someone should have the right to refuse putting Noah on a cake if Noah offends them. Why is this so hard to follow? It works both ways.

        • Difference being, it never happens the other way. No atheists boycott Kentucky for having a “Creationist Museum”. No one has yet to not take the money of the crazy person who believes in mythology.

          The only ones who actually care are the “religious”.

        • And you know why it never happens that way? Because Christians are not a special protected victim class. And also a Christian family wanting to put a special message on a cake would likely bake it themselves with love.

        • Wait, wut? Are you freaking crazy? Who has been filing all the lawsuits to remove crosses and monuments? And that gay couple who refiled for another marriage certificate to force that lady to sign it even though they had one? Atheists and gays who specifically go to Christian run businesses to try to use force of government to make these people lick their pink stormtrooper boots. Atheists and LBGT are the most hateful groups in America.

        • If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

          Yeah, right, like no one has survived this life, yet. Put to death? I don’t think so, and if the fruitcakes pass THAT stupid law next, I will be standing beside them, and I will be armed. That shit will not fly.

          Meanwhile, there are otherwise sensible people on this site regularly who actually subscribe to this bigoted, hateful crap? WTF are you thinking?

        • Wait, wut? Are you freaking crazy? Who has been filing all the lawsuits to remove crosses and monuments?

          Separation of church and state. Learn about it. The government has no business placing a cross anymore than it has placing a star of David. Let alone some Muslim crap. You get to believe your mythology, without the rest of us paying for it.

          And that gay couple who refiled for another marriage certificate to force that lady to sign it even though they had one?

          That whack-a-doodle was a public employee, therefore, she has no right to her religion influencing a public right.

          Atheists and gays who specifically go to Christian run businesses to try to use force of government to make these people lick their pink stormtrooper boots. Atheists and LBGT are the most hateful groups in America.

          I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, that your insane cultist beliefs should be up to you. Turning down money from gays, atheists, and whomever your book of fairy tales forbids is up to you. That the free market will shit on you for that, is up to it.

  2. MIssissippi becomes the first Deep South state to legalize permitless carry. It’s funny because I thought there was no way any of the Deep South would do this because of the large population of blacks, but I guess because they framed this as “church protection” the evangelicals jumped into action because they want a safe church.

    Someone tell the politicians in ‘Bama, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and the Carolinas that their Churches need protection and permitless carry is the way to go. Do this and a lot of states are going to be joining the club.

  3. 10 states = 20%? Sir, I have it on good authority that there were 57 states just a few years ago! (SARC!)

  4. And so I don’t shoot deer, or any other animal…but I will shoot you at the point of your initiating force against me, government or not. And I also should be able to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. You’re free to take your business elsewhere.

  5. I’m NOT close to the border of Mississippi like I am with Idaho…but I’m still vicariously excited just like I was last week when they did it!

    • Not for themselves, but for the inevitable victims of gun violence in these states and the blood running through the streets.

      • the blood runs higher in states with more gun control laws, inn’t funny how that worked out?

  6. Bigred2989. If you had Gds spirit of truth in you, then I wouldn’t need to explain in plain english what you will refuse to understand. Race nor gender is forbidden as sinful like homosexuality is. It’s very clearly considered by God to be evil, lustful and unacceptable for a Christian to be gay, support homosexuality or promote it. It has been this way for at least six thousand years. We won’t be changing the bible to cater to sexually deviant perverts. You may bend over for them but we won’t be entertaining your sinful celebrations of sick unnatoral relations. We do however still love those who are confused by their Godless lifestyle. We hate the actions not the people.
    As far as open carry, we shouldn’t even have to have a conversation onr leaders voting to give us a right that we have had since the inception of our country and our government has no right to change that or charge us for that right.

    • Do you realize how stupid you sound. If your still dumb enough to believe in that made up book go over and join the islamic state and help usher in the end of days so god will take all you stupid fucks off the planet and leave it for the smart ones who dont believe in Disney Style fairy tales.

    • Just for the record, the term “homosexual” didn’t appear in the Bible until late in the game — even the original King James version didn’t use it.

      As for the word “abomination”, the Hebrew word has nothing to do with morality. The same word covers calamari and prawns, and I don’t see anyone raving about people going to hell for having those for lunch.

      BTW, the Bible’s instructions for who to serve include enemies, and the general admonition is to treat others as you would like to be treated. The illustration is the parable of the Good Samaritan — so according to Jesus, the one who loves his neighbor as himself is the one who rescues a gay man who has been beat up by others, pays the man’s medical bills, and makes sure he is fully cared for. I would think that merely serving someone as a customer is included.

      BTW #2, Jesus fulfilled the Law — that means He completed all its demands. It no longer has any force, which is why Paul can say that all things are lawful. To cite a ritual requirement from the Old Testament as in force today is to deny the declaration of Christ, “It is finished!”

  7. I agree with that last post even though some of the wording is a little bigoted sounding.
    Business ( public) should serve all all but not be forced to make special accommodations. Unless it is a business that specifically caters service to their particular faith.
    Church and you are speaking to Christian Churches, are to love all and all should feel to them as a place of refuge. That said a Christian church or person is not to condone such behavior as the scriptures decree as ” sinful”.
    Love the individual yes. Help them if in need yes. Christ went to the lowest of society to show them Love and was crucified for it. BUT HE DID NOT EXCUSE SUCH BEHAVIOR.
    A Christian Church in no way scripturally has the obligations to support what our Bible declares sinful and unhealthy behavior. Again…love all yes. Love and embrace all behavior actions ….no.
    By the way..Christ is not a meek wimp. He is clear in His final coming He will be Commander and Warrior in Chief.
    Having guns in church is another and unfortunately becoming a necessary way to protect our non biological family and is not a sin to my way of limited thinking.

  8. Good Ole Miss…now if they can get their mandatory vaccine policies and highest infant mortality rates turned around, they are showing some potential.

  9. Re: quoting the Bible.
    If we are Hebrews then let’s stick to the Torah.
    If we are Christians and Jesus brought a new Covenant than why refer to the Old Law?
    Jesus said Love is the fulfilling of the Law. No longer do you say “thou shalt not”.

    If you choose to quote the old law then your teens have already been stoned at the gates for speaking back to you. You have been stoned for wearing two different types of cloth in your garden.

    No where in the Bible does it say that you go to hell for another persons sins. So maybe tend your own house. Be without sin and stop worrying about what other people do. It mentions feeding the poor far more in the Book then the mentions of being gay. I know you didn’t make this intolerance up yourself. Someone told you to worry about gays etc.

    Since Jesus is version 2.0 I’m listening to him and if I have a doubt I pray for an answer. If I doubt that answer I pray to be clear of any human weakness that would have me hold bias, intolerance or hate over being Loving. Life is not the NFL. I don’t need to be part of a team, tribe or clan or religion or political party or nationality or race to be happy. So I don’t have to find something wrong with another group to feel good about mine.

    What would Jesus do?

  10. Lets look at this a different way. You own a company that sells guns. One of your employees says that it’s against his religious beliefs to sell guns. What do you do?
    You tell him to work elsewhere.
    We live in a country with people from every nation, race and religion on earth. If you don’t want to serve them then get a different job. No one is making you work where you work.

    Say I work at the MVA. What if I didn’t want to issue driver’s licenses to Asians because I have a strongly held belief that they are bad drivers. Do I have the right to not issue those licenses? Yep. But I don’t have a right to work there and manifest that belief. Where is the conservative personal responsibility? If my religion says stripping is wrong do I have a right to work in a strip joint then refuse to do my job? No one is discriminating against me in this case.

    If you have a shop open to the public you can’t by law discriminate. If you have a private club you can.

    • “Say I work at the MVA. What if I didn’t want to issue driver’s licenses to Asians because I have a strongly held belief that they are bad drivers. Do I have the right to not issue those licenses? Yep”

      You work for a government agency, how do you have a right to deny taxpayer-paid services to lawful people? That’s dereliction of duty.

  11. And the best not limited the constitunal right to carry to residents as wyoming and idaho if i read the bill right 🙂

    best regard to it from me

  12. We can quote the bible into each other’s face until Ragnarok, but the fact of the matter is, biblical law has no place in a non-theocratic nation. Any, currently, yes businesses can be compelled to serve people. See: Civil Rights act of 1964.

    Side question; if a guy comes in asking for a cake, you bake it, he takes it out of the shop and then to a gay wedding, is your religion still harmed? Maybe you wouldn’t know, but wouldn’t god still know you baked a gay cake? Isn’t that what matters?

    Anyway; hooray constitutional carry! Still waiting for the blood to arrive in the streets of the 7 other CC states.

  13. “Mississippi will become the third state this year to join the club”

    The third this year? In freaking APRIL? Good grief, sounds like a landslide.

  14. “Everytown” and MDA have their panties in a wad about this. They’re rallying against this, hard.

    PS. Everytown for Gun Safety isn’t even using their own people to call and harass people, they are paying a call center to do that for them. Can’t even do their own work.

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