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Mississippi judge permanently blocks open carry law from taking effect

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By Dan Cannon,

Earlier this month we reported on the Mississippi judge, Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd, who issued an injunction blocking the new open carry law there from taking effect.

The judge says the law is too vague to be constitutional.

The judge originally scheduled a hearing to discuss the law and the injunction for Monday, July 7.

Yesterday, the judge made the injunction permanent. This means the bill is blocked from becoming law barring intervention by a higher court.

Previously, the Mississippi Supreme Court declined to rule on the injunction, saying they didn’t have the power to stop the injunction prior to the hearing. It is unclear what action the Supreme Court can and will take now.

According to WAPT,

“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,” Kidd wrote in his ruling. “The court cannot identify any potential harm which might be caused to the state by granting the injunction.”

Kidd said the injunction will delay House Bill 2 from taking effect until the Mississippi Legislature amends or clarifies it during the next session.

So, Mississippi residents, keep those guns concealed for now because apparently your constitutionally guaranteed rights can be put on hold by a single judge.


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