Brown pushes for firearm act in state legislative session
ABERDEEN – District 20 Rep. Chris Brown (R) plans on securing the right to bear arms and potential revenue by introducing the Firearm Freedom Act to the Mississippi Legislature this session, which began Jan. 8 and runs until April 7.
Brown has worked for nearly a year in drafting the bill that would uphold the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution for Mississippi in the event of tighter federal regulations of firearms.
“It would provide a dual benefit because it would allow us to keep and bear arms no matter what other states do, in addition to providing a huge economic impact if a federal ban goes through,” Brown said.
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the issue of gun control has been a political hot topic. President Barack Obama has expressed pushing for federal gun control measures in 2013, but by the proposed Firearm Freedom Act, Mississippi would join several other states setting forth their own rules and regulations regarding firearms with the act first introduced in 2009 by Montana.
“Regardless of political party affiliation, everyone is concerned about what happened at Sandy Hook. During this session, we will be looking for a proper response of how we can keep any tragedy like that from happening here,” Brown said.
If approved, the Firearm Freedom Act would mean firearms and ammunition produced in Mississippi would be unaffected by any possible federal gun seizure acts.
“Taking guns out of the hands of citizens isn’t the answer to tragedies. This isn’t a response to anything the federal government may do; it’s an opportunity to be seen for the state while protecting liberty and our freedom,” Brown said.
As far as the possible economic impact, Brown said the Firearm Freedom Act would entice more ammunition and gun manufacturers to locate in Mississippi. By the Interstate Commerce Clause, a provision of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has power over trade activities of states.
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