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The Picayune Item
PICAYUNE — The Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library will present an informational program on the laws for using guns in Mississippi, called “Lock and load: What is the law?” The program will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. in Holland Hall at the library. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. The seminar will feature a panel of experts in our area. The Friends are fortunate to have as panel members: PRC District Attorney Hal Kittrell, Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Picayune Police Chief Brian Dawsey, State Representative Mark Formby, and former PRC District Attorney and Partner in McDonald and Patch, LLC., Buddy McDonald. Friends of the Library Program Chair C. Randy Holland be the moderator. There have been a number of news articles written about new gun laws that may affect state residents. Questions are frequently raised regarding what are the present laws and how well have they worked? Recently, the Concealed Carry laws have been clarified by the Mississippi State Legislature and will be the topic of some of the questions which are sure to be asked. What is the difference between concealed carry and open carry? Should you consider getting a concealed carry permit? What is required? Even with a Concealed Carry permit there are places that guns aren’t allowed to be taken; where are they? If someone is trying to break into your home, can you shoot them? What if they are already in your home when you discover them or in your car? Do the same rules apply? Where can you go to learn how to use guns safely? What is the safest way to store them? If you are being stopped by law enforcement do you need to declare your weapon if you have one in the car? How have the laws that we’ve had in the past worked in court? Especially if there was a home or car invasion and the perpetrator was shot. What are the facts about guns? Do the benefits outweigh the concerns of owning one? Come to the Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library program on Sunday, April 14th from 2 to 4 p.m., in Holland Hall, at the Library and find out.