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Miss. Supreme Court will not undo block on open-carry gun law

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House Bill 2 would allow people without permits to carry firearms as long as they are within sight. House Bill 2 would allow people without permits to carry firearms as long as they are within sight.

(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi Supreme court shot down a request to end an injunction on the state's new open-carry gun law.

Justices said they made their decision Tuesday for procedural reasons and not on the merits of any arguments.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd blocked the open-carry gun law from taking effect July 1. Kidd wrote in a Friday ruling that the law was vague, and an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm.

Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers with the Supreme Court on Monday, asking justices to undo Kidd's order. Although, some counties believe they are excluded from that order.

"Right now we're going to proceed as if it went into effect yesterday and is in effect," said Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance.

Lance does not believe the Hinds County block applies in his jurisdiction.

He is not alone. Spokespersons for the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and Southaven Police Department say they will also be moving forward. District Attorney John Champion is leaving it up to each department.

"They would need to basically make their own decision on how they want to enforce the law," said Champion. "It's very frustrating to us because we don't know what exactly the law is at this point in time."

Sheriff's Departments in Tunica and Panola counties will not enforce open carry laws until hearing from the courts. The same goes for police in Olive Branch and Clarksdale.

Many authorities hope further guidance from the court will settle the confusion.

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

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