NRA mobilizes members to pass HB 786 through Senate

Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 6:59 PM CDT
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FAIRFAX, VA - This is a news release from NRA

A pro-Second Amendment bill backed by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is awaiting final action in the Mississippi Senate after passing the House and out of Senate Committee. The bill, HB 786, expands existing permitless carry laws and lets churches designate congregation members who have enhanced carry permits or a law enforcement or military background to participate in a security plan. NRA-ILA is mobilizing support among its Mississippi members and supporters in an effort to pass the measure through the state Senate.

"This bill goes a long way toward protecting the Second Amendment rights of Mississippians," said Amy Hunter, NRA-ILA Mississippi spokesperson. "The people of Mississippi know the government cannot always protect them, and they want the ability to defend themselves, their families, and their communities most effectively. This includes while worshipping. HB 786 lets law-abiding Mississippians carry firearms in the way that best suits their needs, and it lets churches designate the best methods for protecting their congregations."

The NRA is contacting its nearly 40,000 Mississippi members and asking them to contact their state senator to ask them to pass the measure through the state Senate. The NRA has also submitted editorials to all the major newspapers across the state to set the record straight on HB 786 after billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg and his self-funded anti-gun state groups launched misleading attacks against the measure.