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Mississippi Open Carry Gun Law Remains On Hold

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A hearing on the open-carry law extends the waiting game between those who want to carry their guns openly and those who say "no way."

Monday Hinds county Judge Winston Kidd extended a temporary restraining order until Friday, July 12th. On or before that date, Kidd said he would issue a final order in the case.   

Attorney Lisa Ross, representing the plaintiffs, argued the law should indefinitely be put on hold because it's "unconstitutionally vague."

Ross says the unrestricted free flow of firearms could endanger the public and law enforcement officers in Mississippi.    

An attorney for the state countered that existing federal and state laws would impose limits on the open carry law. In addition, local governments and private businesses have the right to ban guns on their premises.

The state says blocking the law violates citizens' constitutional right to bear arms.  

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