JACKSON, MS (AP) - A bill signed by Gov. Phil Bryant will let Mississippians carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel without a state-issued permit.
Bryant signed the bill Friday. It takes effect July 1.
The bill reduces fees for people to receive and renew a concealed-carry license.
The fee for a new license would drop to $80 from $100, and the renewal fee for people younger than 65 would drop to $40 from $50. For people 65 and older, the renewal fee would drop to $20 from $25.
The bill also specifies that disabled veterans, people on active-duty military service and current or honorably retired law enforcement officers don't need a license to carry a concealed gun.
The bill was supported by the National Rifle Association.