Dear MSSA Friends,
MSSA’s bill, HB 371, to cure restrictions on "Prohibited Places," where a person may not exercise a CWP, stalled today on the House Floor on a 50-50 vote (it needs at least 51 votes out of 100 to pass).
All Democrats voted against HB 371, plus eight Republicans:
If we pull out the stops and engage all of these eight Representatives with messages asking them to support HB 371, we might be able to recover HB 371 tomorrow with a Motion to Reconsider, but ONLY if all of you get with the program and get messages to these legislators.
You might mention that HB 371 only applies to sheriff-certified good people who have taken training and had a background check to obtain a concealed weapon permit. You might mention that current law allows unlicensed people to carry openly in these places. You could mention that current law does not exempt police, so if a police officer enters a police station (public building) with a coat on, he or she becomes a lawbreaker. You could mention that CWP-holders have the lowest rate of criminality or misadventure with firearms of any demographic group, including police and legislators – they are worthy of trust.
Please contact these Representatives via the Message Center, 444-4800, or the Online Message Form at:
These Representative must get their message to support HB 371 by 8AM tomorrow (Saturday). Be brief. Be firm. Be polite.