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Tate County Sheriff poses questions about 'open carry' laws

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Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance questions some of the language in the new law that will allow people to carry firearms openly – even if only part of the weapon is visible. Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance questions some of the language in the new law that will allow people to carry firearms openly – even if only part of the weapon is visible.
Lance is not against 2nd amendment rights and agrees with the constitutional right to bear arms. Lance is not against 2nd amendment rights and agrees with the constitutional right to bear arms.
TATE COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - When July begins there will be some changes to Mississippi's gun laws. Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance questions some of the language in the new law that will allow people to carry firearms openly – even if only part of the weapon is visible.

As long as an individual is not a convicted felon then carrying a gun will be legal without any type of permit starting July 1 in Mississippi.

"As long as the tip of the barrel, the tip of the grip, or any other portion of it can be seen, you don't have to have a permit of any kind," said Lance.

Lance is not against 2nd amendment rights and agrees with the constitutional right to bear arms. Although, he does worry about his citizens perceptions after House Bill 2 takes effect because it is unfamiliar territory.

"If someone calls here and says, 'There is an individual walking down the street here, he's carrying a long gun I don't know what's going on – I want y'all to come. I'm scared,' " he said explaining how citizens need to know the law.

Lance posed questions to attorney general Jim Hood who responded with his opinion on Thursday. He learned that he can question anyone openly carrying a gun, but based on the law people do not have to answer.

Under open carry, as long as any deadly weapon is visible then people can bring them into private businesses unless there is a sign that states they are prohibited. Guns will remain off limits in schools unless someone has the enhanced conceal and carry permit.

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