Mississippi Enacting New Laws Monday

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Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi is enacting new laws Monday to spur creation of charter schools, more closely regulate abortion-inducing drugs and let private companies take over collection of overdue child-support payments.

However, one law that's gotten lots of attention the past few weeks has been put on hold.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an injunction Friday to block a law that would let people openly carry guns in many public places. Kidd is to hear more arguments July 8 about whether to extend his injunction.

The gun law's chief sponsor, Republican Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton, says it simply restates a right guaranteed in Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution.

Police chiefs and sheriffs worry that with the attention the open-carry law has gotten in recent weeks, people will become trigger-happy.