Parker Bills Support Gun Rights; Protect Public Safety
Senator David Parker has introduced legislation to support gun rights in Mississippi and support law enforcement, public safety and veterans.
Parker introduced SB2226 to reduce the cost of the concealed-carry permit from $100 to $50.
Reducing fees on concealed carry permits is also part of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves’ legislative agenda. A similar bill to Parker’s (SB2394) passed through the Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee last week and now moves on to the full Senate for consideration. That bill reduces the fee from $100 to $80. The program’s fund at the Department of Public Safety now has a $2.5 million surplus. “It is clear we can reduce the fiscal burden of taxpayers who want to legally carry firearms in this state so no government agency profits off of Mississippi gun owners,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said.
“While I would have preferred we lower the cost even more, I will fully support the compromise bill on the floor of the Senate, and believe a 20 percent reduction is a strong statement of support for gun owners who want to exercise their Constitutional rights,” Parker said.
Parker also introduced SB2496 which would allow the Department of Public Safety to authorize special permitting for retired law enforcement officers to utilize conceal-carry nationwide.
DeSoto County Prosecutors
Parker authored SB2677 to authorize the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors to hire and pay part-time assistant county prosecuting attorneys. “We don’t want the DeSoto County criminal justice system to get bogged down some like areas of the state. Guilty suspects need to be prosecuted and punished; innocent people need to be released to get on with their lives. Our sheriffs and police work hard at arrests and we need to give our prosecutors the resources to keep moving defendants through the process,” Parker said.
Parker also introduced SB2197 to increase the per-diem pay of riding bailiffs from $55 to $75. Riding bailiffs serve as law enforcement in circuit, chancery or county courtrooms under direction of the judge.
Parker’s SB2131 would allow a county to authorize a public official to declare a local emergency. Currently under state law, while a mayor may authorize a local emergency for a municipality only the Board of Supervisors may authorize a local emergency for a county. “There is a lot of chaos during an emergency and public servants are often pulled in a thousand directions by the people in a county. This measure would allow a county in advance to designate someone to handle the responsibility of declaring an emergency, so supervisors don’t have to quit recovery efforts to call a meeting to do so,” Parker said. He continued, “It is a practical and efficient reform.”
Parker also introduced legislation to help victims of drug overdose to seek medical assistance without fear of criminal prosecution. “People make disastrous choices in their lives like illegal drug use. When someone overdoses, they may hesitate to call for emergency medical service because of fear of prosecution, or someone in the room with them may fear legal repercussions of calling for help. Senate Bill 2242 would create immunity for someone seeking treatment for overdose. There is time to turn their lives around, and as a Christian I believe time for God to touch their hearts. While they may have broken the law, at that moment they are a fellow human being in need of medical treatment and this legislation allows them to seek help without fear,” Parker said.
“When our veterans demonstrate extraordinary service, meritorious achievement and sacrifice for our country, they’re recognized in various ways. I believe those who earn the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal or Bronze Star should be recognized and honored. One way we can salute them is to exempt these heroes from vehicle registration fees and taxes,” said Parker who introduced SB2079 to provide this relief to those veterans.
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