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MS Supreme Court upholds open-carry gun law

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Mississippians can carry firearms openly unless there is a sign prohibiting the guns. Mississippians can carry firearms openly unless there is a sign prohibiting the guns.

(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the state's open-carry gun law Thursday.

Open-carry laws are in effect after the injunction blocking the law was thrown out by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Mississippians can carry firearms openly unless there is a sign prohibiting the guns.

Joey Lenn has been running a gun shop for almost two years in Hernando, and he was pleased to hear open-carry laws are in effect.

'I'm glad Mississippi stood up for our rights," he said.

House Bill 2 was signed by the governor last year. It redefined the word concealed. Any citizen without a felony can openly carry a firearm as long as the weapon is fully or partially visible.

The law had been blocked until a Supreme Court ruling reversed the decision Thursday afternoon. The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office was already enforcing the new law for the past two months.

"We proceeded as if the open carry law were in effect, and after the supreme court ruling [Thursday] it just takes the guess work out of it for us," said Macon Moore with DeSoto County Sheriff's Department.

Moore, who is the chief deputy, said there have been no problems with citizens violating the new laws – particularly around courthouses. Private businesses like Windy City Grille can keep guns out with a sign.

"Everybody has the right to carry firearms. I mean it's one of our rights, but just alcohol and firearms don't mix very well," said Tim Johnson.

Back at the gun shop, Lenn expects to see more customers like he did when the law was supposed to take effect two months ago.

"Last time when it first came out ... We had a lot of people coming out buying guns for the first time and wanted to carry," he said.

In the past both Governor Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood have said they hoped the Supreme Court would throw out the injunction. Guns are still prohibited on educational property.

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