Supreme Court allows 'Open Carry' injunction to stand
By Jody O'Hara
Jul 12, 2013, 10:35
The Mississippi Supreme Court has allowed a circuit court judge's injunction blocking implementation of House Bill 2 to stand.
That decision cleared the way for Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd to extend his injunction until Friday.
At a Monday hearing, Kidd extended the injunction he handed down on June 28.
House Bill 2 redefined what constituted a concealed weapon, supposedly making it easier for Mississippi citizens to openly carry firearms.
The bill was supposed to go into effect July 1.
Last week, State Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers with the Supreme Court asking justices to undo Kidd’s order.
After making its decision to allow the injunction to stand, a three-justice panel said its decision had been made for procedural reasons and it expressed no opinion regarding the merits of the matter.
Kidd has said that the law is too vague.
The state legislature passed House Bill 2 during its 2013 session and supporters have said it clarifies that people in Mississippi don’t need a state-issued permit to carry a lawfully-purchased gun that’s not concealed.
Republican Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton, chief author of the bill, said in a press release last Tuesday that said he's disappointed the Supreme Court did not immediately reverse Kidd's decision to block the bill's implementation.
“I am confident that the court will ultimately validate House Bill 2,” Gipson said. “The constitution remains in effect today just as it has since Mississippi became a state.”
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