MS legislation: death penalty for mass shootings, terrorist acts

Mississippi’s legislature is back in session. We should have a full list of gun related bills after the filing deadline (Jan. 19).

The Mississippi Prosecutors Association is asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty (capital murder) to include mass shootings and terrorist acts with two or more fatalities.

Current capital murder statutes cover the deaths of a peace officer, firefighter or county, municipal, state or other officials. It can also include murder purported by an inmate serving life in prison, a death caused by a bomb, or any death related to the commission of rape, burglary, kidnapping, arson, robbery, sexual battery, child molestation or child abuse. The death penalty is also legal under Mississippi law for treason or hijacking of an aircraft.

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