New Mid-South Laws Go Into Effect July 1, 2013

New Mid-South Laws Go Into Effect July 1, 2013

Hundreds of new state laws will take effect July 1st, shaking up things across the Mid-South.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)- Hundreds of new state laws will take effect July 1st, shaking up things across the Mid-South.

"That doesn't seem like a very good idea to me. I think they should be out in the open in plain view so people can know to protect themselves to be aware. Especially if children are around," said Allison Mellis, a Memphis citizen.

Effective July 1st, Tennesseans with handgun carry permits will be allowed to store firearms in their vehicles, no matter where they're parked. It's just one of many new laws that will go into effect Monday. Also, school districts will allow people with police training to carry guns in school. It's a law a Memphis mom doesn't agree with.

"So what if you get upset with my son? Sometimes kids do get a smart mouth and don't wanna obey and you get upset. What you gone do pull your gun out," said Lillian Ward.

This law stems from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

"I think it will be a good idea. Probably keep the kids a little safer. I'd rather see the children of Memphis and Shelby County have protection than not," said Michael Presley, a Memphis citizen.

In Arkansas, employers will be banned from asking employees to give usernames or passwords for social media accounts.

In Mississippi, a new law will require a doctor to be present when a woman takes abortion-inducing drugs and the woman must also have a follow-up physical examination two weeks later. Another law for Mississippians, school districts must adopt a new policy on school prayers. The policy will allow a limited public forum at school events to let students express religious beliefs.

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