(ABC News) Gun reform organizations are reacting strongly against the Church Protection Act, a law Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed today allowing guns in church.
The act allows some church members to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations and gives legal protections to those designated to carry guns into church buildings.
But what has anti-gun groups especially outraged is a provision of the act that will allow people to carry holstered guns without a permit, expanding legislation passed in 2015 that had "authorized Mississippians who are eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law to carry a pistol or revolver without a license in purses, handbags, satchels, other similar bags or briefcases or fully enclosed cases," according to the National Rifle Association.
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