With the violence that has happened in our churches lately, Representative Gipson has authored the “Mississippi Church Protection Act” which would allow members of a church congregation to carry a gun during service to protect the congregation in case an act of terror happens.
Houses of worship could designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation under a bill advancing at the Mississippi Capitol.
The state House voted 86-32 Wednesday to pass House Bill 786, known as the “Mississippi Church Protection Act.” The proposal moves to the Senate for more work.
Republican Rep. Andy Gipson is an attorney and minister of a small Baptist congregation. He says he filed the bill in response to the church slayings last summer in Charleston, South Carolina.
It would provide the same sort of immunity from prosecution that Mississippi law gives to a person using a gun to defend a home, vehicle or business, if threatened.