Bryant confident open-carry law will take effect

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s confident Mississippi’s open-carry gun law will eventually take effect, even if a dispute about it goes all the way to the state Supreme Court.

Legislators passed House Bill 2 and Bryant signed it earlier this year.

It was supposed to become law July 1, but Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd temporarily blocked it after the local district attorney and some constables sued the state.

Kidd says he will decide by Friday whether to remove that hold.

On Wednesday, Bryant said he doesn’t like that one judge can block a state law.

Opponents of the law say it has caused confusion about where people may carry guns that aren’t concealed.

Bryant says it restates the right to bear arms that’s in the Mississippi Constitution.