Mississippi's Open-Carry Law Upheld

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss. The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the state's open carry-gun law, allowing it to take effect after a circuit judge's order kept it on hold about two months.

Justices ruled unanimously that Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd erred when he found the law vague and therefore unconstitutional.

Earlier this year, legislators passed and Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 2, which says adults don't need a permit to carry a gun that's not concealed.

Several officials, including the Hinds County district attorney, sued to block the law, and Kidd put it on hold just before it was to take effect July 1.

After hearing arguments, Kidd issued an injunction July 12, saying the law was on hold until the Legislature can clarify it.

Justices overturned the injunction Thursday on a 9-0 vote.
Click the link below to read the Supreme Court order.

"House Bill 2 is an important clarification of citizens’ right to keep and bear arms under the state and federal Constitutions," said Gov. Bryant. "I am very pleased that the court has agreed that House Bill 2 is consistent with the Constitution so that law will now take effect statewide."

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves called it a win for the Constitution and a win for every Mississippian.


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