Another win for the Second Amendment.
In response to a shooting that took place in Charleston, South Carolina last year that left nine people killed, the state of Mississippi passed a law that would allow guns in churches.
The Church Protection Act allows certain members to undergo specific formal training that would allow them to carry firearms and provide protection for their churches without a permit. Mississippi will become the ninth state to allow people to carry holstered weapons without a permit.
Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law last week that will go into effect starting July 1, 2016. Bryant stated in a recent twitter post that “churches deserve protection from those who would harm worshippers.”
Churches deserve protection from those who would harm worshippers. That’s why I signed HB 786. pic.twitter.com/WOxMAprXAc
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) April 15, 2016
Church authorities will be given the right to choose if they want to have a security program of their own. Baptist pastor and state representative, Andy Gibson, says that the law is necessary ever since the shooting in Charleston, and now churches will have an option to defend themselves if they were to be attacked.
Eric Camp, a reverend at Oasis Church in Pascagoula says “people expect that and I think people actually appreciate that you’ve taken measures to keep them and their kids safe.” The Oasis Church has had a security team since they have opened and there has yet to be an incident.
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