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No Guns in the Courthouse-Open Carry Opinion Put to Work

CALHOUN CITY, Miss.–The comment “clear as mud” may have gotten Atty. Gen. Jim Hood some press last week, but it was his opinion on the new open carry clarification law that saw action last week when guns were banned from the Calhoun County courthouse.

There are a number of places where a person can be prohibited from carry a gun, even in the open, according to Hood. He said schools and businesses where the proprietor posts a sign that tells you you cannot have it there are two of those. Another is the county courthouse.

WCBI reported this weekend that county supervisors in Calhoun County approved the ban Friday. Other sheriffs, judges and local governments are reportedly considering a similar ban.

State Rep. Andy Gipson (R), who represents Simpson, Smith and Rankin counties, told talk show host JT Friday that the open carry law doesn’t prevent people with enhanced concealed carry permits from having concealed guns in places like courthouses.

Hood drew fire for his “clear as mud” comment from gun rights supporters like Gipson, who said that the law clarifies what has already been on the books and that law enforcement will now be more educated on where Mississippians may have a gun on their person and in their vehicles.

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