/Guns in schools’ bill dies, for now

Guns in schools’ bill dies, for now

Andy Gipson, a Representative from Braxton, stated that the Senate changes to House Bill 1083 were too large to make this session work. Braxton Republican said, “We couldn’t agree on the language.” “So I came to the conclusion that no bill was better. “We’re going to let this bill die.” Gipson authored the bill that originally allowed those with enhanced concealed carry permits to sue any entity that denied them the right of carrying in public places. Thursday was the deadline for the House to approve it. HB 1083 was a continuation of a 2011 law that expanded the rules for concealed weapons carry. The bill gave citizens and public defenders the ability to carry their weapons to public places. The Senate amended the bill to allow teachers and other public school workers to carry guns on K-12 campuses. This was after additional training and approval from the school board. The Senate version, known as the “Mississippi School Safety Act,” would allow districts to authorize teachers and other public school employees who are qualified to receive concealed weapons training in order to carry firearms on K-12 campuses. Anyone with a valid license can carry in many public spaces. Gipson claims he wrote the bill to address the problem of permit holders being turned away by colleges and universities. The Senate ended the provision that would have allowed permit holders the right to carry in sporting events after backlash from the Southeastern Conference, university presidents in the State. Gipson stated that he supported the provision to arm teachers but did not want to pass legislation to repeal concealed carry permit holders’ right to carry in places currently prohibited by law. Gipson stated that his main objection was not wanting to repeal Mississippi’s consistent concealed carry rights. “We’ll take a look at it next.