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Monday, April 18, 2016

Mississippi “Permitless” Carry Measure Becomes Law

Despite months of misleading attacks by New York gun-control advocate and billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun state groups, Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed House Bill 786 into law.

The measure, by Republican State Rep Andy Gipson, accomplishes several things:

  • Expands current “permitless” carry options to include belt and shoulder holsters;
  • Allows church authorities to develop security programs that designate enhanced carry permit holders or those with military or law-enforcement backgrounds to protect places of worship and receive the benefits of existing protections under the state’s “Castle Doctrine” law; and
  • Prohibits state or local enforcement of federal executive orders or agency regulations not approved by Congress that conflict with the Constitution of the United States or the Mississippi Constitution.

Mississippi became the ninth state to pass legislation recognizing a law-abiding adult’s ability to carry a concealed pistol or revolver for personal protection without government-mandated permitting or fees. The new law takes effect immediately.


Maine Governor Signs “Harvey Lembo” Bill

Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed Legislative Document 1572, which will help eliminate discrimination against gun owners who reside in public housing.

The law will prevent public housing authorities from adding provisions in rental agreements to ban the lawful ownership, use, possession, bearing or transportation of firearms by tenants. 

LD 1572 was introduced after Harvey Lembo, a Maine resident who lives in an affordable housing community, filed a lawsuit against his landlord who threatened to evict him for lawfully possessing and using his firearm for self-defense purposes. Since moving to his apartment in 2009, Lembo’s home had been burglarized five times.

Liquor Store Clerk Uses Gun To Stop Robbery

A Tennessee liquor store clerk used his gun to turn the tables on a pair of armed robbers late Tuesday night. 

According to local police, the clerk said it was a typical night at his Lexington liquor store until two masked men came in with what looked like a gun, demanding money and punching him in the face. “He said ‘I’m going to rob you, I’m going to rob you,’” Adams said. “I was sitting on the chair and I was thinking, ‘Yeah, right.'”

Adams said he did not put up a fight until one of the suspects hit him in the nose. That’s when Adams said he reached for the pistol hidden under the register. He fired one shot, narrowly missing the suspect and causing the robbers to flee.


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