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Sen. Flowers always thinking about recruiting industry to Mississippi

February 24th, 2010

Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was vilified nationwide after he suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right thigh in a New York City nightclub from a pistol he was carrying in the waistband of his jeans.

Now Burress is serving time in prison for criminal possession of a handgun.

Maybe Burress should have waited a while and come to Mississippi, where he might could have carried his Glock where ever he wanted.

Mississippi senators recently voted to join Tennessee in allowing handgun-permit holders to carry their guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as restaurants and other locations, like bars and saloons.

The National Rifle Association-backed legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, originally covered only parks but was amended to let permit holders carry their guns in restaurants, bars and unsecured government buildings unless the owners of those facilities post notices barring guns.

What a great idea.

Maybe Mississippi could use this law a recruiting tool.

Under this law, Gilbert Arenas and Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton could have legally carried their guns into the lockerroom. Instead, both face years of legal wrangling.

So, think about it. Mississippi could lure the Wizards to move its franchise to Jackson. The team could play its games in the Mississippi Coliseum.

And best of all, the team could go back to its original name, The Bullets.

Great forward thinking Sen. Flowers. You are an intellectual giant.

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