AG Hood says he'll file 0pen carry appeal next week
Attorney General Jim Hoods says he doesn't believe Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd's ruling on the open carry law applies statewide.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he'll file an appeal next week on a Hinds County Judge's permanent injunction against the open carry law going into effect. Hinds county Judge Winston Kidd put the law on hold, calling it "unconstitutionally vague."
In a Wednesday morning news conference, Hood said that a Hinds County Judge has the authority to block a state law from taking effect because the state's seat of government is in Hinds County.
"The judge's decision does have an impact statewide legally. As a practical matter, I don't think it does," said Hood.
He advises law enforcement officials in the other 81 counties that they may be wasting their time if they arrest people for just carrying a gun that's not concealed.
"Somebody's carrying open in a scabbard, then you're probably going to waste your time to charge them with conceal carry. Number one, I think this decision will be overturned. Number two, I don't think as a practical matter with all this pending litigation, a judge is going to find you guilty of a concealed carry," said Hood.
As for the signs popping up that say no firearms. The private property rights trump any carry restrictions, concealed or open. Hood sides with the State Constitution, saying House Bill 2 isn't creating anything new.
"Now that more people are aware of these rights, they're going to exercise them and I don't know whether it's going to create more of a danger. Some say yes. Some say no," he said.
Hood says it's typically around 15 days before the court decides if they will take up the issue. If they do, he estimates that it could be around six weeks before a final decision.
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