Gun ban hearing goes forward; high court cites procedural issue
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:00 AM
JACKSON - The state Supreme Court on Tuesday denied on procedural grounds Attorney General Jim Hood's request to vacate a lower court's restraining order on a new open carry gun law that went into effect July 1.
Attorney General Jim Hood had earlier asked the high court to throw out the lower order.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled on Friday that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith requested that the law be blocked and Kidd granted the temporary injunction during an emergency hearing.
The temporary injunction is until July 8 when Kidd is scheduled to hold a hearing.
The law clarifies that Mississippians don't need a state-issued permit to carry an unconcealed weapon.
The state Constitution already guarantees such, but backers wanted "clarification."