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Gary Slider

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MS, IA, OK, TX, Northern Mariana’s Updates
« on: April 16, 2016, 04:35:36 PM »
Mississippi is now Permitless Carry. All they actually did was add sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster to the code section. Just adding those six words made Mississippi a Permitless Carry State but the firearm must be carried as indicated in the new statute. “Sheath” in my opinion would cover just about any holster worn anywhere on the body. But then again Mississippi authorities were stating previous to the new law that a Fanny Pack didn’t meet the criteria and wasn’t a purse or briefcase type enclosure if connected around the body. Time will tell on this and it will take time to get it ironed out and most likely a test case will be required. Until that time recommends you only carry in a Holster that attaches on a belt or a shoulder holster.

Mississippi Code  45-9-101  A license under this section is not required for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver to be carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case if the person is not engaged in criminal activity other than a misdemeanor traffic offense, is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol or revolver under state or federal law, and is not in a location prohibited under subsection (13) of this section.

Starting July 1st in Iowa it will become legal with a permit/license to carry on all terrain vehicles, which includes snowmobiles, either openly or concealed a defensive handgun in a retention holster.  Those on their own property can carry openly or concealed without a permit/license with or without a retention holster. The way the new law reads if on property you own or possess it just states firearm and doesn’t stipulate that it has to be in a retention holster like the law states when not on property you own or possess. You still can’t shot from an all terrain vehicle unless you have special circumstances that prevent you from getting off the all terrain vehicle. The new law is addressed in two different places in the Iowa Code. One is specific for Snowmobiles and the other for other ATVs. They are both worded exactly the same except for stating Snowmobile or ATV.

Oklahoma has amended their Self Defense Act concerning places off limits and Business Owner’s Rights. These changes don’t go into effect until November 1, 2016. You can read the bill as passed here:                                                   

Before going further remember that Texas Campus Carry does not become law until Aug. 1, 2016 and only applies to 4 year PUBLIC Colleges/Universities. All private Colleges/Universities in Texas had the option and have opted out of the law. Public Junior Colleges etc do not fall under the law until Aug 2017.

In Texas The Dallas Morning News has a listing of all the State Colleges/Universities showing their stance on Campus Carry. Every College/University can have different rules. The nice thing about the listing is if you click on any of the Colleges/Universities and the page that comes up gives you a link directly to that schools firearms policy if they have one Set/Proposed yet. This takes you directly to the rules for that school which is the best source for correct info on any of the schools.  I put this link on the Texas page at

In The Northern Mariana Islands Handguns were forbidden to own and few long guns could be possessed. The Federal Court thee ruled their ban Unconstitutional so they passed a bill that is the most restrictive I have ever read. You can read it here:      Lawsuits are already in the planning stages to overturn many of the restrictions. Yes you have heard correctly. There is a $1000.00 excise tax on all handguns brought into The Northern Mariana Islands. The excise tax  part of the bill expires 1 year after the passage of the bill.

There are still a lot of bills in many states still moving thru the process. 
Things are happening Fast & Furious (Pun Intended) with many new laws going into effect July 1st. Mississippi created updates on all the state pages and other documents with their new Permitless Law becoming effective upon the Governor’s signature. Hoping to get all that done and the site updated late this evening. West Virginia on June 5 will create just as much work. It is going to be a very busy time for    Do keep an eye on us as with the volume of changes we can miss something
Stay Safe,
Gary Slider
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