Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -
There's one less item on the list when it comes to what is public record in Mississippi. That's thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant. People who have a gun permit for a concealed weapon, along with information about where they live, is no longer for the public eye.
"The idea that we would produce your name and perhaps other personal information about you is something we're going to remove," Bryant said.
Bryant put his name on the legislation late Monday afternoon, saying allowing the information to be public violates the privacy of gun owners.
"It seems to be an attack on honest gun owners going on across this country," Bryant said.
The bill comes after a newspaper in New York published the names and addresses of people who have concealed weapons permits. It got overwhelming support in both chambers and includes an amendment that the information be turned over only through a court order.
As the bill made its way through the capitol, opponents were concerned it could become a slippery slope in removing transparency from state government. Bryant says that's not the case.
"We don't want criminals knowing where the guns are kept, who has them and where their home is and secondly, I think it puts a chilling effect on anyone that might want to go and get a concealed carry permit, thereby violating their second amendment rights to keep and bear arms," Bryant said.
Currently there are two pending public records requests seeking the information the law now blocks. The Department of Public Safety has yet to honor either one, essentially delaying the decision until the law took hold. Bryant says those types of requests are concerning and should be denied.
"It's a very slippery slope to start releasing detailed, specific information about American citizens," Bryant said.
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