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Miss. attorney general appeals block of open-carry gun law

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(WMC-TV) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a judge's order blocking the state's open-carry gun law from taking effect.

Monday was supposed to be the first day of new open-carry laws, until a judge placed a restraining order on House Bill 2 late Friday. AG Hood filed an appeal to the state's supreme court to lift the ban on the new law.

People in north Mississippi had mixed thoughts on the delay impacting state law.

"They need to delay it longer because I don't think people should be packing guns like the wild west, it's not Dodge City or Tombstone or anything like that," said Mississippi resident Nancy Smith.

Under House Bill 2, residents would be able to carry a deadly weapon openly without a permit as long as the person is not a convicted felon.

Ray Miller admitted it would take a while to get used to, but believes everyone should be able to bear arms for protection.

"The bad people that are doing these things, they don't care if they have a permit or not," said Miller.

Others do not want to see just anyone carrying a gun.

"I moved out here for safety and anybody just walking around with a gun without a background check and no permit. I think I would feel, I would want to delay that too," said Wanda Wright.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed an appeal Monday stating the restraining order violated the separation of powers and that plaintiffs waited until the last hour of the last business day to seek judicial relief 116 days after the law was signed by the governor.

Now, the other side must submit its response to the appeal. There is no timetable on when a decision could be made.

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