State Judge Stops Open Carry Law from Taking Effect

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Jackson, Mississippi A state judge has blocked a Mississippi open-carry gun law from taking effect Monday.

Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled that the law is vague and an injunction is needed to stop irreparable harm.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith requested the injunction, and Kidd granted it during an emergency hearing late Friday. Kidd will hear more arguments July 8.

House Bill 2 clarifies that people don't need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a gun that's not concealed.

The bill's main sponsor, Republican Rep. Andy Gipson, of Braxton, says the law simply restates the state constitution's right to bear arms. But, some sheriffs and police chiefs worry people could become trigger-happy and hurt civilians or law-enforcement officers.

The attorney general's office defended the law, saying a challenge came too late.