Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
By this time next week, Mississippians may no longer have access to public records identifying the private information of people with permits to carry a concealed weapon. Legislation in favor of this idea quickly passed through the House of Representatives with a 101 to 18 vote. The bill is now headed to the Senate.
It's your American right to defend yourself with a firearm. Now, Mississippi lawmakers want to help protect many licensed gun owners further, by keeping their private information private.
"Recently a Tupelo newspaper requested the public records of everybody in Lee County who has a conceal carry permit," said Republican Senator Will Longwitz (District 25).
The request came several weeks after a New York paper published the names and addresses of people with permits to carry a concealed weapon. Shortly after the publication, its reported that some of those people were burglarized. Senator Longwitz wants to help protect the privacy of all Mississippians who have permits to carry a concealed weapon.
"I've visited with a young mother whose husband is out of town a lot who wants to carry a weapon to protect herself and her children when he's not there, but she doesn't want people to know that she has valuables in her home," the Senator explained.
Democratic Representative David Myers (District 25) is one of the 18 Representatives who voted no for the proposed legislation.
"I think people have the right to know that their neighbor, you know, has the right to carry a concealed weapon," said Representative Myers.
Every five years Mississippi gun holders must re-new their permit and get a new background check. Within those five years, Representative Myers fears some people could get diagnosed with mental illness and slip through the cracks.
"You're supposed to lose your gun license; that's not happening," said Representative Myers.
Senator Longwitz said the Senate hopes to pass legislation that'll report mental disability court findings to the National Crime Database to weed out those who shouldn't have guns.
The Senator said the Senate should receive the proposed legislation as early as Thursday. With the Senate's approval, the bill could be on the Governor's desk for a signature by Monday. Governor Bryant said he does plan to sign the bill into law.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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