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MS open-carry gun law will not take effect Monday

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A judge wrote in a Friday ruling that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm. A judge wrote in a Friday ruling that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm.

(WMC-TV) - A state judge blocked Mississippi's open-carry gun law from taking effect Monday. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd scheduled a hearing July 8 to consider more arguments about whether to extend the temporary injunction.

Kidd wrote in a Friday ruling that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm, according to The Associated Press.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith filed a motion for temporary relief during an emergency hearing Friday afternoon.

"We do believe there are several issues that have to be explored to see whether or not the legislature was allowed to vote and regulate on anything other than concealed weapons," said Smith.

House Bill 2 would allow people without permits to carry firearms as long as they are within sight. Concealed weapons still require a permit.

The state argued it is a valid law. A spokesman for Governor Phil Bryant released the following statement after the ruling:

"It is disappointing a Hinds County Chancery Court would overrule an overwhelming decision of the Mississippi Legislature and the Governor."

State Senator John Horhn of Jackson voted for the bill when he believed the law would only be a clarification. Horhn said there was little discussion about open carry.

"The interpretation is that by putting that change in the law you allow open carry, and we don't believe that the constitution provides for open carry," said Horhn.

He believes the legislature should be allowed to clear up any confusion about the law.

"The governor is probably not going to want to address this issue in a special session. We would hope that the courts would delay any sort of a ruling on this matter until such time that we can go back in the legislature in the next session," said Horhn.

Attorney Stephen Stamboulieh did consulting work on the legislation and believes the law is clear, as WLBT reports.

"Anti-gun politicians. That is the only answer. This is a side show. There is nothing vague about the definition of concealed," said Stamboulieh.

He believes the NRA will file a brief next week in the case.

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