The Commercial Appeal

Judge rules against new Miss. gun law

- Associated Press

JACKSON — 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 Dist. Atty. 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 triggerhap­py and hurt civilians or law-enforcemen­t officers.

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

Elected and law enforce- ment officials throughout the state, including in DeSoto County, have been preparing for how to deal with the law.

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