Senate Passes Bill Allowing Churches to Have Armed Security

The Mississippi Senate voted 36-14 Tuesday to pass House Bill 786, known as the Mississippi Church Protection Act. The bill goes back to the House for consideration of changes.

It says places of worship may designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation.

The bill also allows people to carry guns in holsters without a concealed weapons permit, expanding on last year’s law allowing people to carry guns in purses without a permit.