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Attorney General Asks Miss. Supreme Court to Reinstate Open Carry

AG Jim Hood helped to draft the bill

JACKSON, Miss.–Attorney General Jim Hood filed a petition on behalf of the state of Mississippi on Monday asking the Supreme Court in the state to throw out the restraining order against the open carry law.

In his filing to the Supreme court Hood said,”The Circuit Court’s order violated the separation of powers mandated between co-equal branches in Article 1 of the Constitution by usurping the authority of the legislature to regulate the carrying of concealed weapons.

Hood went on to mention the U.S. constitution saying,”The order also infringes on the citizens’ right to bear arms recognized by Article 3, Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution and the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

It is stated in the petition also that the plaintiffs have little chance of proving that open carry is unconstitutional.

“It is my duty as the chief legal officer of this state to defend our state laws and our citizen’s constitutional rights,” said Hood. “Our office continues to advise law enforcement officers and city officials as to the changes they will see with this new law.  We will work through the issues as they arise, but this current issues is simply a matter of proper jurisdiction and basic constitutional rights.”

 

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