Dozens Show Support For Controversial Open Carry Law

(Corinth, MS) Dozens of Mississippians say a judge is trying to take away their freedom. A new gun law was supposed to take effect this past Monday, making it legal for people to openly carry a gun without a permit. But a Hinds County Circuit Court judge stopped the law from taking effect.

Most of the time, Elaine Vechorick has a gun tucked inside her purse. She has gone through classes and tests to get an enhanced concealed permit. It’s stronger than a regular concealed permit.

“I think it’s worth it to get an enhanced permit, you can carry it more places. Church is a good example,” said Vechorick.

She was with dozens as they stood holster to holster in Corinth showing support for a new gun law that was supposed to go into effect at the beginning of the month. The new law says a law abiding citizen doesn’t need a permit to carry a gun inside a holster. But a Hinds County Circuit Court judge put a ban on the law. Saying how it’s written opens it up for people to carry more weapons.

Rally organizer Bobby McDaniel is upset with the ban. He thinks on this Independence Holiday weekend, his freedoms are compromised.

“Disgusted, I actually got a little nauseated,” said McDaniel.

Saturday he wore an unloaded revolver on his hip for show. But unlike Vechorick, he hasn’t gone through a background check or tests to carry. He says the American and State Constitution both act as his permit.

“I am exercising my right as an American to keep and bear arms,” said McDaniel.

Monday there’s a hearing to see if the ban will stay in place or be lifted. Most of the supporters at the rally believe come next week, they for sure will be able to open carry.

State Representative, Democrat Nick Bain co-authored the bill. He hopes the ban will be lifted, but advises supporters to slow down before they start carrying without a permit.

“Err on the side of caution. Wait until a judge makes his decision,” said Bain.

Critics of the law, including some law enforcement officers believe it could turn Mississippi into the Wild West.