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Judge blocks Mississippi open-carry gun law

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(WMC-TV) - A state judge has blocked a Mississippi open-carry gun law from taking effect Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled that the law is vague and an injunction is needed to stop irreparable harm.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith requested the injunction, and Kidd granted it during an emergency hearing late Friday.

The Associated Press reports House Bill 2 clarifies that people don't need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a gun that's not concealed.
           
The bill's main sponsor, Republican Rep. Andy Gipson, of Braxton, says the law simply restates the state constitution's right to bear arms. But, some sheriffs and police chiefs worry people could become trigger-happy and hurt civilians or law-enforcement officers.

Stay with WMCTV.COM for updates on this developing story.

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

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