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Hood Wants Gun Law Challenge Thrown Out

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The Mississippi Supreme Court could have the final word on a controversial new open carry law gun, blocked from taking effect.

Today Attorney General Jim Hood filed an emergency petition with the high court.

Hood wants the justices to set aside a temporary restraining order from a Hinds county court blocking the law, which was supposed to go into effect today.

Hood says the order infringes on the citizens' right to bear arms.

"If people could open carry in the state of Mississippi and it's part of their constitutional rights, why aren't they doing so right now, why weren't they doing so last week, why weren't they doing so last year," asked State Senator John Horhn, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.  

Hinds county district attorney Robert Smith filed suit last Friday, arguing the law is vague and that it could leave Mississippi looking like the Wild Wild West.

Others disagree. "It's nothing less than an attack on the rights of Mississippians to keep and bear arms," said State Rep. Andy Gipson, the Rankin County Republican who wrote the law.

It's unclear how soon the high court could issue a ruling in the case.

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