“It just keeps coming with these people,” said House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, who has championed successful pro-gun rights legislation in recent years. “I think this demonstrates the primary purpose of this group coming to Mississippi was to raise money, and they even did that illegally. I would also say that they were illegally soliciting Mississippians’ money at the same time they were lobbying the Legislature illegally.”
Mississippi Gun Rights was at first welcomed by conservatives in the pro-gun Mississippi Legislature. But after the group targeted several of them with “robo-calls” and social media ads claiming they are anti-gun rights, Gipson and others vowed never again to deal with the organization or its founding director in Mississippi, Noel Fritsch.
Gipson and others complained Fritsch was lobbying lawmakers without having registered as a lobbyist, and Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune – who initially filed a bill on behalf of the group – vowed in March that she would contact the Capitol Police if Fritsch contacted her again, saying his communications with her had become “borderline threatening.”
Fritsch, who had been lobbying lawmakers at least since January, did not register as a lobbyist until March, after the secretary of state’s office received complaints. Violation of the lobbying law carries a penalty of up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, but the law is seldom enforced or prosecuted, particularly if someone registers after being notified of complaints.



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