A Tale of Two States

I’ve had a news article open in tabs since Saturday, because I was trying to make sense of it. Finally found some context.

Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members

Allowing them to do what, you ask? To be armed, it seems…

The Church Protection Act allows places of worship to designate members to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations. It specifies that those designated can carry guns into church buildings and gives them legal protections.

And I wondered, you really need a state law for that? You can’t just ask the pastor?

Apparently not, as far as I can tell Mississippi had a law against guns in churches without exception. And you’ll look mighty funny plugging for a law like that when the next cracker shows up in a church wanting to kill a bunch of unarmed and helpless worshipers. So, okay.

But the very next paragraph threw me a curve as it casually mentioned,

The law also loosens gun permit requirements by allowing people to carry holstered weapons without a permit, making Mississippi the ninth state with such a law, said NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter.

Really? That’s not the lead?

Apparently it wasn’t really intended to be the lead. Seems that bit of history really did come about as a sneaky amendment on the Church Protection Act.

The measure, which passed the House in February in an impressive 85-33 vote, began life as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church. During its passage through that body, it picked up an amendment to allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder. The Senate approved the bill by a 36-14 vote in March.

I have now lost count of how many states have permitless carry. It’s either 9 or 10. How cool is that?

Of course there are still people out there with common sense…

In a statement to ABC News, the Mississippi chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America called the law “extreme” and accused the governor of “dramatically expanding the right to carry” guns.

“Our Governor failed us today….” said volunteer chapter leader Shirley Hopkins Davis. “Dismantling the system that requires a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public flies in the face of public safety and common sense.”

Davis said she fears Mississippi will “go back to the wild, wild West.”

Yup. Any time now, some state with armed citizens will go back to the wild west. If they keep predicting it, it’s bound to happen. Reeeal soon now.

But the good news, Ms. Davis, is that you common-sensical people still have somewhere you can go to be safe! And it’s safer now than it was just last month.

New York Senate passes machete criminalization measure

Yes! The Great State of New York marches progressively on! First they banned terrifying assault ammunition magazine clips, then they demanded that all scary-looking rifles be registered. And we’re expecting somebody to actually agree to register a rifle, very very soon.

And now, New York is even saferer!
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[L]awmakers in the Senate passed a bill to include machetes within the definition of a deadly weapon.

The measure, introduced in February, would make criminal possession of a machete a crime with a penalty of up to a year in prison. The bill passed the Senate Tuesday in a 54-5 vote and is now headed to the Assembly.

So sleep safe, Mothers Demanding Attention. You still have a safe space to which to run. You’ll have the last laugh when all those redneck gunhuggers finally go nuts and the whole of flyover country dissolves into blood and chaos.
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3 Responses to A Tale of Two States

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    “allow unlicensed carry of a concealed gun elsewhere in the state so long as it is in a holster or scabbard on the belt or shoulder. ”

    Well, OK… but what if you need to pull it out and use it to defend yourself? Where’s the “Castle doctrine?” Where’s the “Stand your ground” law? Being “allowed” to carry in church, etc. is a great step forward, but I’d be worried about the other stuff myself. What if your weapon MUST leave your holster or scabbard?

    I’ll stay in the “wild west” of Wyoming, where we’ve pretty much got that figured out. :)

  2. Joel says:

    Yeah…that’s kind of why I’ve started avoiding the term “constitutional carry.” From state to state there are still restrictions – dare I say infringements – that show up in small ways and odd places: For example, as far as I can tell, in Mississippi you can carry without license as long as you use a holster, but apparently not into a church without state permission.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    I carried for a lot of years without “permission.” And I suspect I’m not alone in that. :) I don’t recognize any “state” as having legitimate authority to grant or prohibit my ability to defend myself.

To the stake with the heretic!