State of Mississippi secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Chris McDaniel: Allow firearms without government permission

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Mike Espy (D): Yes, up to a point. "I believe in the Second Amendment. but things have changed."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No. Says, "Right to bear arms is essential to American Liberty. No law-abiding Mississippian should EVER be denied their constitutional rights."

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Will never take away rights of law-abiding gun-owners.Allow citizens to purchase & carry firearms without government permission.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election Oct 9, 2018

Cindy Hyde-Smith: Right to bear arms is essential to American Liberty

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Mike Espy (D): Yes, up to a point. "I believe in the Second Amendment. but things have changed." No assault weapons to anyone under 21 or "declared a danger to himself or others."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No. Says, "Right to bear arms is essential to American Liberty. No law-abiding Mississippian should EVER be denied their constitutional rights."

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Will never take away rights of law-abiding gun-owners.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election Oct 9, 2018

Mike Espy: I believe in the Second Amendment, but things have changed

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Mike Espy (D): Yes, up to a point. "I believe in the Second Amendment. but things have changed." No assault weapons to anyone under 21 or "declared a danger to himself or others."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No. Says, "Right to bear arms is essential to American Liberty. No law-abiding Mississippian should EVER be denied their constitutional rights."

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Will never take away rights of law-abiding gun-owners.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election Oct 9, 2018

Mike Espy: Won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award

Espy, who once won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award and endorsed the re-election of Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007, has a record as agriculture secretary and as a moderate who sometimes bucked his party when he served in the House of Representatives.

"In my platform I'm saying 'I'm a Democrat yes, but I'm not only a Democrat,'" he said. "I place the state ahead of the party...everything that comes down is not something that I'm necessarily going to vote for lock, stock and barrel with my party."

Being a candidate in "the sensible middle" helps create a plausible, but undeniably challenging, path to the runoff and to Capitol Hill, Espy said.

Source: McClatchyDC.com on 2018 MS Senate special election Sep 12, 2018

Mike Espy: Won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award

Espy, who once won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award and endorsed the re-election of Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007, has a record as agriculture secretary and as a moderate who sometimes bucked his party when he served in the House of Representatives.

"In my platform I'm saying `I'm a Democrat yes, but I'm not only a Democrat,'" he said. "I place the state ahead of the party...everything that comes down is not something that I'm necessarily going to vote for lock, stock and barrel with my party."

Being a candidate in "the sensible middle" helps create a plausible, but undeniably challenging, path to the runoff and to Capitol Hill, Espy said.

Source: McClatchyDC.com on 2018 MS Senate Special Election Sep 12, 2018

Phil Bryant: Concealed carry without permit; that's a fundamental right

Governor Phil Bryant has signed two gun rights measures into law. Senate Bill 2394 allows Mississippians the option of carrying a pistol or revolver in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed case without a concealed carry permit. Senate Bill 2619 allows active duty military, veterans and retired law enforcement officers to count firearms training toward the requirements for an enhanced concealed carry permit and protects Mississippians from federal overregulation of ammunition.

"The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to America and to Mississippi," Bryant said. "I have always been a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am proud to sign these bills into law."

Source: 2015 MS gubernatorial campaign website governorbryant.com Apr 10, 2015

Mike Espy: Appeared in advertisement in support of NRA

I have just read about Rep. Espy being the first federal lawmaker to appear in a NRA ad and I find it appalling. The NRA has opposed every possible legal control over the sale and use of guns and ammunition. The organization's displeasure with any restriction, no matter how prudent or innocuous, is damaging, because it will ultimately result in greater restrictions. The NRA's position has even alienated sportsmen, policemen and individuals who formerly thought the NRA had something to offer.
Source: Washington Post OpEd on 2018 MS Senate Special Election Feb 10, 1989

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