Court orders quick reply in open-carry gun case

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Plaintiffs who want to block Mississippi’s open-carry gun law won a quick order overturning it. Now they have to act quickly to save that order.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to answer by 5 p.m. Monday a request from Attorney General Jim Hood to throw out a lower court ruling.

Smith didn’t immediately answer a phone message Monday afternoon.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled this past week that the law was vague, granting an injunction in an emergency hearing Friday to prevent irreparable harm.

Smith and others requested that the law be blocked. The law was to take effect Monday.

The law clarifies that people in Mississippi don’t need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a gun that’s not concealed.