Minutes after the U.S. president laid out a 23-point plan for gun control, Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn said they would block any federal measures limiting the right to bear and possess arms from being enforced in Mississippi.
At a press conference hosted by Gunn and the Republican Caucus immediately following Obama’s address, State Rep. Chris Brown, R-Aberdeen, said he is drafting legislation to say that firearms manufactured in Mississippi would fall under state law and wouldn’t be subjected to federal regulations.
Gunn said bad people, not guns kill. He said Mississippi is a rural state and in some places it can take law enforcement 15 to 20 minutes to respond to an emergency at a home in a rural area.
“Guns are the only protection some people have,” Gunn said.