Bryant's second amendment proposal draws praise, criticism

Bryant's second amendment proposal draws praise, criticism

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is fighting back, and asking for legislation that he says will protect Mississippian's Second Amendment rights against what he calls unconstitutional federal overreach.

Reaction to the governor's proposal followed predictable lines. But even among some gun rights advocates, support for the governor's effort is for slightly different reasons.

Kevin Riley, owner of Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport, says he's doing business the right way and it's working quite well.

"I'm a federal firearms licensed dealer," Riley said. "We do background checks on everybody that walks in and out of the door."

Part of President Obama's executive action is to bolster background checks to cover gun shows and online. While Riley appreciates Bryant's effort, he says there are good firearm laws already in place that just need to be enforced.

"It's a shame that our governor, and the governors of eight other states in this country, have had to enact laws or bring laws into play to prevent our federal government from coming in and taking away our second amendment rights when there are perfectly good laws on the books that will do everything that our president wants to do," said Riley.

Gov. Bryant says the proposal is typical federal overreach, and that the bill would prohibit state enforcement of any future federal act in regard to personal firearms. Bryant asked Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton to file the legislation. Gipson is in the process of drafting the legislation and will file it immediately after it is finished.

Dana Campbell says some of the laws on the books shouldn't even be there, and that he's put it into practice at a gun show what the president is trying to stop.

"I walked in with a used pistol," he said. "And I wanted to trade it on something new. Some people there saw me with it, wanted to buy it. I sold it to them, and I used that money to purchase a new gun. And that's what Obama is trying to eliminate and I don't agree with it."

The governor's proposal drew criticism from the state's Democratic Party chair.

"This is just feel good legislation designed to pander to the governor's base," said Rickey Cole. "The president made some common sense proposals and naturally the gun lobby went crazy, so Bryant and some of the other NRA flunkies are doing what they do."

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