Hood Opinion Clarifies Mississippi Gun Law

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Jackson, Miss. A Mississippi attorney general's opinion clarifies that people may openly carry guns in Mississippi without a concealed weapon permit.

The opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood also says sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses.

The opinion was issued by Hood Thursday in anticipation of a law that takes effect July 1.

Some people had previously interpreted state law to say people couldn't carry a visible gun on the streets without a permit.

Such opinions aren't legally binding, although they provide legal protection to officials who follow them.

House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, a Braxton Republican who sponsored the bill, says he agrees with Democrat Hood's interpretation.

The opinion reaffirms that private property owners can prohibit guns and says guns remain illegal on school and college campuses.

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