Hood: Appeal to support gun law coming next week

Jim Hood

Jim Hood

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll file an appeal early next week to try to push an open-carry gun measure into law.

A Hinds County circuit judge has put the law on hold, calling it “unconstitutionally vague.” Hood will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.

Hood says many law enforcement officers around the state are confused about whether they can arrest someone who’s openly carrying a firearm.

Hood says a Hinds County judge has the power to block a state law from taking effect, because the seat of state government is in Hinds County.

But Hood’s also telling sheriffs and police officers in the other 81 counties they might be wasting their time by arresting people for simply carrying a gun that’s not concealed.