Judges, legislators contest courthouse carry

For nearly two years now, Mississippi firearms permit holders who take approved training can legally carry concealed weapons in several places previously off limits, including college campuses, houses of worship and city halls.

Under 2011’s House Bill 506, permittees with the extra endorsement also don’t have to disarm when they go into a courthouse to buy a car tag, look up land records or attend a meeting but must disarm before they go into an active courtroom.

Bro. Michael Wilkins, pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Walnut and the owner of North Mississippi Firearms Instruction, acknowledges the concept of civilians carrying firearms – especially in what are considered “sensitive places” – makes some people nervous but says it’s comparable to having fire extinguishers.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal