Last year, Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation into law that removed conceal carry licensing requirements, allowing Mississippians to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The law also set the foundation to reject and end new federal gun control regulations and executive orders in the state.
No federal executive order, agency order, law not enrolled by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States, rule, regulation or administrative interpretation of a law or statute issued, enacted or promulgated after July 1, 2016, that violates the United States Constitution or the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 shall be enforced or ordered to be enforced by any official, agent or employee of this state or a political subdivision thereof.
A bill introduced for the 2017 session would build on this foundation and prohibit specific state cooperation with enforcement of future federal gun control laws.
Sen. Chris McDaniel introduced Senate Bill 2204 (SB2204) on Jan. 13. The legislation would bar any state agency, department or political subdivision of the state, and their employees, from planning, implementing, assisting with, participating in, enabling or cooperating with “any federal law, rule, regulation or order created or effective on or after January 1, 2017, if the law, rule, regulation or order attempts to:
(a) Ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm;
(b) Require any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner; or
(c) Confiscate a firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory from law-abiding Mississippi citizens.”
SB2204 would effectuate the law passed last year by defining specific acts the state must refuse to enforce.
Rep. Mark Formby (R) introduced a bill in the House on the same day that would take a smaller step building the foundation set last year. HB626 would subject state or local government employees to criminal prosecution if they “knowingly and willfully ordering any action to enforce an executive order, agency order, law that is not enrolled by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States, or rule, regulation or administrative interpretation of a law or statute issued, enacted or promulgated after July 1, 2017, if such action would be contrary to Section 12, Article 3, Mississippi Constitution of 1890.”