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Hinds County judge calls House Bill 2 "unconstitutionally vague"

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HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON -

In his six page ruling, Judge Winston Kidd says House Bill 2 does more than define "concealed". He says it creates "confusion and chaos." That's why he declares it "unconstitutional."

"How can Hinds County, one of 82 counties, tell the other 81 what to do?" asks Ponto Downing. Downing calls himself a Christian Activist. He says he isn't surprised by Judge Kidd's ruling but says he needs a weapon to protect himself.

"I live in Jackson near the zoo," he says. "I certainly need a weapon. I've been robbed and mugged and beaten six times on West Capitol Street."

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith, who filed for the injunction, says he doesn't want to touch anyone's 2nd Amendment rights.

"The best solution is for it to go back to the legislature to reconsider some of the language, without infringing upon the rights, the 2nd Amendment rights," he says.

The Governor's office released a statement saying: "Gov. Bryant continues to believe that the Mississippi Constitution affirms the right of citizens to keep and bear arms as described in House Bill 2. This bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Mississippi Legislature, and it is disappointing that a judge could essentially overthrow the will of an entire elected body."

Judge Kidd's ruling says: "This case has nothing to do with taking away a citizen's right to lawfully carry a weapon. Citizens have always had the right to carry a weapon, and that right will continue to exist, regardless of the ultimate outcome of House Bill 2. A legally obtained permit will continue to allow a citizen to carry a concealed weapon. The proponents of House Bill 2's contentions of "taking away gun rights" are unfounded and do not exist."

Attorney General Jim Hood sides with the Governor. He tells us--in a statement--he's in the process of reviewing Judge Kidd's order, and his office will likely ask the State Supreme Court to review the case.

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