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Concealed weapons law ruled unconstitutionally vague

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Hinds County judge has ruled House Bill 2 is unconstitutionally vague.  He determined it cannot become law until the Mississippi legislature has another chance to review it.

In his ruling, Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd wrote, "While an individual clearly has the right to bear arms, that right must have limitations in order to protect the public, and moreover, in order to live in a civilized society.  Based on the above, the Court unequivocally finds the entry of an injunction is appropriate."

The judge believes sending House Bill 2 back to the legislature will prevent irreparable harm.  "Law enforcement officials will be required to enforce a vague law which will result in either the law enforcement officer's life being at risk or the general public's life being at risk," Judge Kidd wrote.

"House Bill 2 is not clear," stated the judge.  "A reasonable person reading the bill cannot discern what the law allows and what it prohibits."

Governor Phil Bryant's spokeswoman said the governor is disappointed in Kidd's ruling.

Additional details about the decision will be included in stories that air on WLOX News throughout the evening.  

You can read the complete judgement here.

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