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Palazzo speaks out on "Open Carry Law"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo says the Mississippi Legislature should go back and rethink House Bill Two.

Palazzo was in the Hattiesburg area recently and says the open carry weapons law might have some unintended consequences that weren't thought about in advance. He says he hopes the legislature goes back and makes adjustments to the bill.

“I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. I'm a concealed carry permit owner myself, I own a lot of firearms, but there's just something about strapping a pistol to your side and walking around in public,” said Palazzo. “It would make me personally as a father of three young children kind of uncomfortable, so I don't know what they were trying to do. I think their intent was to clarify a law that was already on the books, but I haven't seen an issue. I haven't seen anybody walking around the state with a gun, but I do know if I'm in a restaurant and someone comes in with a gun on their side I’m probably going to you know get out of there as quick as possible and take my family and business elsewhere."

Palazzo's office said he is co-sponsor of a bill that would protect children in schools by giving law enforcement officers the ability to carry a firearm on school grounds. The bill is The Police Officers Protecting Children Act. It will be introduced in the House next week.

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