The National Rifle Association today gave Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves an A-plus rating for his work to strengthen Second Amendment Rights and endorsed his re-election.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox stated, “Under Tate Reeves’ leadership, the State Senate has taken critically important steps over the last four years to protect our Second Amendment rights and to recognize the key role that Mississippi sportsmen play in wildlife conservation. Thanks to his work, self-defense options have been expanded for law-abiding Mississippians and hunters will enjoy savings when purchasing equipment before heading into the field this fall.”

Lt. Gov. Reeves has successfully passed several initiatives to support gun owners, including:

· A reduction of the fee on concealed carry permits, exempting permits when carrying a non-holstered pistol or revolver in fully enclosed case, such as a purse or briefcase, and establishing a certain classification for honorably retired law enforcement officers;
· Give sports enthusiasts a sales tax break on firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies purchased the first weekend of September;
· Passed legislation to enable Mississippians to pass a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing Mississippians’ Right to Hunt and Fish, which was supported by nearly 90 percent of voters;
· Recognize military service for carrying an enhanced concealed carry permit, exempt members of the National Guard or Reserve units from state residency requirements for such permits, and protect Mississippians from overregulation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on commonly used rifle ammunition;
· Clarify the limits on the ability of cities and counties to restrict the carrying of firearms, and prohibit the governor from taking guns in a state of emergency and cities and counties from participating in gun buybacks unless the entities auction off any firearm received to a federally licensed dealer with proceeds reverting to government’s general fund; and
· Ensure information related to concealed carry permit holders is exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act.

“We encourage all NRA members to go to the polls and support Tate Reeves in the Primary Election on August 4, and ask their fellow gun owners and sportsmen to do likewise,” concluded Cox.

“Over the past four years, I have worked closely with the NRA to protect Mississippians’ Second Amendment Rights,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “I appreciate their support in this year’s election. We must be vigilant when it comes to protecting our personal rights and our ability to keep our families safe.”

Tate Reeves Press Release
7/20/15