Gov. Bryant signs Church Protection Act

Gov. Bryant signs Church Protection Act

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill into law Friday which expands Mississippi's permitless carry options and allows churches to designate members to carry firearms to protect the congregation.

The National Rifle Association of America calls the Church Protection Act a big win for gun rights in Mississippi.

"Gov. Bryant stood strong for the Second Amendment by signing this significant bill," said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "It's a great day for law-abiding gun owners in Mississippi. This will allow them to carry firearms ?for personal protection in the manner that best suits their needs."

House Bill 786 allows residents to carry firearms in belt and shoulder holsters without a permit.  It also gives church officials the authority to designate enhanced carry permit holders or those with military or law enforcement training to protect places of worship.

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