By Zac Humphrey
JACKSON, Mississippi: A bill that would block concealed-carry weapons permit information from public records has been passed by Mississippi State Senate and will now be returned to the Mississippi House of Representatives.
The bill in question, House Bill 485, was amended in committee in the Senate to allow for the release of the permit information with a court order from a judge. The bill passed the Senate, with the only “no” vote coming from Derrick Simmons (D). He is on record as saying that the names and addresses of the permit holders should remain public knowledge.
HB 485 will now head back to the Mississippi House where they can either pass the bill as amended or negotiate with the Senate on the final outcome.