UPDATE: Judge extends hold on state's open-carry gun law

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the enactment of legislation that would ensure Mississippians have the right to carry a weapon in plain sight with no permit.

Kidd said the law “is unconstitutionally vague and shall not take effect until such time as the Mississippi Legislature reviews, amends or clarifies” it.

Supporters of the new law, which was passed during the 2013 session, says it only clarifies what already is stated in the state Constitution – that Mississippi is an open carry state for guns and other weapons.

Kidd said that right was not in the Constitution and that the new law would create chaos.

Attorney General Jim Hood and supporters of the new law are expected to appeal Kidd’s ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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