Thursday, September 5, 2013
Open-carry law upheld
The state Supreme Court last week upheld the right of Mississippians to openly carry a gun without a permit. It was a unanimous decision of the nine justices.
The Mississippi Legislature, this year, passed the legislation in an attempt to clarify the rules on concealed carry, according to writers of the legislation.
The Legislature had the right to regulate concealed carry, but not open carry, which is supported by the Mississippi Constitution, according to Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton, who introduced the legislation.
The enactment of the open-carry legislation was blocked earlier this year by a Hinds County circuit judge. Attorney General Jim Hood then filed an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which handed down its decision August 29 to reverse the lower court’s decision.
Businesses, schools and government offices may refuse to let people with an openly-carried weapon enter. Signs must be posted outside the building informing persons not to bring a gun inside.
Concealed carry of weapons is legal in Mississippi, but requires a permit.
Laws already protect certain facilities, such as school facilities, courtrooms and government buildings from being entered by a person carrying a weapon without authorization.
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