Video: Church Protection Act Clears Senate

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Asked to choose between a Christian spirit of peace and a God-given right of self-defense, Mississippi senators are overwhelming favoring the latter.

The Senate voted 36-14 Tuesday to pass House Bill 786 (http://bit.ly/1ZIUFLb ), known as the Mississippi Church Protection Act. The bill returns to the House.

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It says places of worship could designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation.

The bill also allows people to carry guns in holsters without a concealed weapons permit, expanding on last year’s law allowing people to carry guns in purses without a permit.

Finally, the measure asserts no state official can enforce any federal executive order or administrative rule that violates the U.S. or Mississippi constitutions. It’s a challenge to the principle that federal law overrides state law.