Judge extends hold on Miss. open-carry gun law - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Judge extends hold on Miss. open-carry gun law

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith filed the motion for temporary relief during an emergency hearing in June. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith filed the motion for temporary relief during an emergency hearing in June.

(WMC-TV) - A Hinds County circuit judge extended his hold on Mississippi's open-carry gun law, declaring it unconstitutionally vague.

Judge Winston Kidd put a permanent injunction on that law Friday. Attorney General Jim Hood is expected to appeal that decision to the state Supreme Court, according to The Associated Press.

Kidd blocked the law two days before it was supposed to take effect in July.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith filed the motion for temporary relief during an emergency hearing in June. In a ruling, Kidd wrote an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm.

Earlier this year, legislators passed and Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 2 – which would allow people without permits to carry firearms as long as they are within sight. Concealed weapons still require a permit.

When the Kidd initially blocked the law, the state argued it is a valid law. A spokesman for Governor Phil Bryant released the following statement in June after the ruling:

"It is disappointing a Hinds County Chancery Court would overrule an overwhelming decision of the Mississippi Legislature and the Governor."

The Hinds County district attorney and some constables had sued to block the law, saying they feared people could become trigger-happy and put law-enforcement officers and civilians in danger.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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