The bottom line was that the MS Supreme Court held that the Circuit Court erred when it ruled House Bill 2 was vague and therefore unconstitutional. The Court also stated it was error when the Circuit Court found a “reasonable person reading the bill could not discern what the law allows and what it prohibits.” The Supreme Court dissolved the Injunction which means that the State Law allowing Open Carry is valid, in place and is the law of the State.
You can read about the ups and downs of Mississippi Gun Law, Open Carry, & Concealed Carry in these links.
I have a series of blogs on Gun Laws in Mississippi, recent legislative changes, and basic concealed carry 101. Well, one of the recent legislative changes, blogged in “Open Carry in Mississippi,” has sparked some controversy among law enforcement and with the State Attorney General, Jim Hood.
The AG has stated that he is issuing a “Vast Opinion” on the law change and who can carry what, when and where. This should be interesting. Stay tuned for a post on the “Opinion” and an opinion or two of my own.
First the tweak. Prior to the change, a concealed weapon had to be “completely concealed” at all times in order to be legal. Having your firearm in a holster on your hip covered by a jacket was fine, but if you reached, stretched or adjusted and it became visible it was no longer “concealed,” and therefore a violation of the law. The law now provides that incidental “unconcealment” is not a violation. This is just a common sense change in the law.
Now the safeguard. Mississippi, along with 32 other states, now prohibits the release of the names of persons with a concealed carry permit. This is a safety issue as a New York newspaper recently published the names and addresses of all persons in Westchester County that had a concealed carry permit issued to them by the state of New York. After the article was published a home was specifically targeted for robbery due to the fact that the burglars suspected they could steal guns. Now whether a person has a concealed carry permit is protected not subject to disclosure pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests. Though the information regarding concealed carry is still available to law enforcement and via valid subpoena.