Posted: 4/20/2016 9:10:44 AM EDT
NRA praises Magnolia State for firearms law
The nation's largest gun-rights group praised Mississippi's governor and legislature for passing a bill that allows so-called "universal carry."
A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association praised Gov. Phil Bryant for signing House Bill 786 over protests from gun-control groups.
Amy Hunter of the NRA says the legislation clarifies per-existing firearms laws in the Magnolia State, where it was already legal to carry a firearm in a purse, back pack, or similar item.
"What this bill does," she says, "is come out and clarify that fully enclosed case can mean a shoulder holster or a belt."
In a story about the new law, Hunter told The Washington Times that Mississippi becomes the ninth state in the nation to allow its citizens to carry a holstered gun without a permit.
The bill was also written to allow churches to train members to protect their congregations, hence it was named the Church Protection Act. A state representative, who is also a pastor, authored the bill.
Hunter tells OneNewsNow the bill was passed despite a disinformation campaign by out-of-state anti-gun groups funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Michael Bloomberg has what we call 'front groups,'" Hunter says, and the billionaire ex-mayor is going after firearms much like he went after sodas and loud music on headphones, she says.
"He gets something in his head and he wants the rest of the country to follow suit," she says, "and his latest target is gun laws.”
Read more at: onenewsnow.com