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"If you want to carry a gun openly, then you have the right to do that. If you want to carry it concealed, then you have to get a permit. It's just that simple," Ward said. "If you want to carry a gun openly, then you have the right to do that. If you want to carry it concealed, then you have to get a permit. It's just that simple," Ward said.
It's been called the open-carry gun law, but most don't know what it means. And some say the term could be misleading. It's been called the open-carry gun law, but most don't know what it means. And some say the term could be misleading.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

House Bill 2 has created questions about what you can and can't do when it comes to carrying a concealed or non-concealed firearm.

It's been called the open-carry gun law -- but many don't know what it means, and some say the term could be misleading.

"It's instilled fear in people. People fear the things they don't understand," said Rick Ward, who is a certified firearms instructor.

House Bill 2 defines what is considered a concealed weapon and makes no mention of open carry. Rick Ward says the right to openly carry a firearm is already given in the state constitution.

"If you take away all of the weapon laws from our statutes right now and throw them away, repeal them, every single one of them, we would still have open carry," explained Ward.

State Rep. Andy Gipson, the author of House Bill 2, says the constitution has always been your permit to openly carry. Ward agrees.

"It existed, but it's been blocked for many years by the interpretation of what is concealed and that's because of that ambiguous phrase that said in whole or in part," Ward said.

The term concealed has been in the law for years now but without definition. So, if you put a gun on your hip before, law enforcement could consider that it was "partially" concealed.

"Being held to that standard that's an impossible standard. We can't see the other side of any inanimate object," described Ward.

House Bill 2 defines concealed as hidden or obscured from common observation. Gipson and other supporters say the law is so simple that people are missing the point.

"If you want to carry a gun openly, then you have the right to do that. If you want to carry it concealed, then you have to get a permit. It's just that simple," Ward said.

A temporary restraining order was issued on House Bill 2 until a hearing on July 8.

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