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Court Delays Mississippi Open Carry Law From Taking Effect

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(Hinds Co., MS) The Hinds County circuit court has granted a motion delaying House Bill 2 from taking effect, saying in its ruling that the bill is unconstitutionally vague.

The law will not take effect "until such time as the Mississippi Legislature reviews, amends or clarifies House Bill 2 to accomplish its intended purpose."

The Court ruled that, although the Second Amendment guarantees the right "to keep and bear arms" and guarantees "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation," it does not allow a person to walk around while openly carrying a weapon.

"It means you can possess a weapon to defend your home, person or property. The defendant has not cited any specific section of the constitution which provides for 'open carry,'" the ruling states.

The ruling also says, "While an individual clearly has the right to bear arms, that right must have limitations in order to protect the public, and moreover, in order to live in a civilized society."

The motion's plaintiffs said House Bill 2 "would create problems for law enforcement officials and the general public as a whole, inasmuch as the law is confusing and incapable of being understood by a reasonable person."

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