Letter to the Editor July 21, 2013

Regulatory system works against Mississippi citizens

The definition of bureaucracy is:

a) a body of nonelected government officials

b) an administrative policy-making group

My definition of bureaucracy is: those who take my freedom

This is a complicated subject, broken-down as simply as possible.

How the regulation system works within Mississippi departments/agencies:

The heads of departments/agencies are usually appointed (by the governor, the legislature and others.)

Departments create rules/regulations and submit them to the Secretary of State as a public notice.

Voters have 30 days to object in writing, or to appear at an oral hearing for the the new regulation. Department heads are free to ignore voter objection and continue the regulation.

I can see a few pros for having such a regulation system, but mostly, I see cons.

Cons:

It’s a system of “we’re-gonna-do-it-if-you-don’t-stop-us.”

Most citizens/news reporters never learn about the proposed regulations. Appointed departments give voters no voice, yet voters are subject to the rules/regulations issued from the departments.

The following is a current example of bureaucratic abuse of power. It creates a firearm regulation that conflicts with state law.

“The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks bans the open carry of firearms in state parks, but allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have a state-issued permit. The agency wrote in its May 28, 2013 administrative filing that “a firearm is not considered to be lawfully ‘concealed’ if it is within any motor vehicle,” and that any person who lacks a concealed-carry permit must keep a firearm secured, preferably in a locked case, while in the park.” Resource: http://www.wcbi.com/wordpress/many-public-buildings-ban-open-carry-guns

Mississippi law says that a firearm inside a motor vehicle “is” concealed and citizens can carry concealed firearms inside the motor vehicle as an extension of their home without a permit (97-37-1 (2). There is no requirement under state law that it be “secured.”

The Secretary of State’s office only obligation is to publish the proposed regulation. Neither your senator, nor representative, created the regulation. Your only recourse is to deal with the department that created the regulation.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann suggested that the list of 120 departments and agencies in Mississippi be streamlined, but nothing has been done that I know about.

Elaine Vechorik
Sturgis