Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant didn’t just sign House Bill 786 into law this afternoon: he did it like a boss.
The good governor had his Glock holstered on his hip and both a tattered Bible and a copy of the Reagan Diaries on his desk as he ushered The Magnolia State into an elite class with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming to honor citizens’ right to carry a concealed handgun without having to obtain a permit first.
“Today I signed House Bill 786 to give churches the right to protect themselves from those who would harm them while they worship,” Governor Bryant said in a statement. “I’m a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and will continue to advocate for your right to keep and bear arms.”
Despite trying to shame Mississippi for supporting the measure, Moms Demand and Everytown once again lost a significant fight in the battle against the Second Amendment.
“Our Governor failed us today,” said Shirley Hopkins Davis of the Mississippi Moms Demand Action chapter in a statement emailed to Guns.com. “Mississippi law enforcement, families and faith leaders all spoke out against this reckless bill that will allow dangerous people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit. Yet the Governor still signed this legislation into law.”
The National Rifle Association, who strongly supported the bill, viewed the Governor’s actions as a huge win for gun owners in the state and the Second Amendment.
“Governor Bryant stood strong for the Second Amendment by signing this significant bill, in spite of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to spread lies about it,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “It’s a great day for law-abiding gun owners in Mississippi. This will allow them to carry firearms for personal protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”
Hats off to you, Mississippi!