Mississippi Senate committee passes “guns in church” bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow guns in church.

House Bill 786 would allow places of worship to designate people with concealed carry permits as security and make acting within that capacity a legal defense against charges that they violated the law, including homicide charges.

The bill also makes another change to Mississippi gun law. The state already allows some people to carry concealed weapons in handbags or satchels. The bill would allow concealed weapons in holsters or sheaths.

Faith leaders and mothers who’ve lost children to gun violence gathered on the Capitol steps and attended the committee hearing to oppose the bill. Opponents say the bill would put more guns on the street and endanger Mississippians.

The full Senate gets the measure next.

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