State Supreme Court upholds 'open carry' gun law

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld new gun law passed by state lawmakers. House Bill 2, the so-called "open carry" law goes into effect immediately.

The bill new law was to go into effect July 1, but a court challenge put the law in limbo.

The ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court found Circuit Hinds County Judge Winston Kidd erred when he stated that "a reasonable person reading the bill could not discern what the law allows and what it prohibits."

A statement from Gov. Phil Bryant's office touted the 9-0 decision.  The governor's statement noted House Bill 2 clarifies the definition of "concealed" for purposes of Mississippi laws regarding the concealed carrying of firearms, is valid and constitutional. The court also vacated the injunction that a Hinds County judge had issued against the bill. As a result, it is now clear that House Bill 2 can take effect statewide.

"House Bill 2 is an important clarification of citizens' right to keep and bear arms under the state and federal Constitutions.  I am very pleased that the court has agreed that House Bill 2 is consistent with the Constitution so that law will now take effect statewide."

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