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Hood Files Appeal Of Open Carry Injunction

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the state Supreme Court to declare that Mississippians can carry weapons openly in some public places.

Hood filed an appeal Monday with the court asking justices to overturn a ruling by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd, who declared the law unconstitutionally vague.

The open-carry law was supposed to go into effect July 1, but Kidd blocked it.

The appeal says lawmakers weren’t required to enact additional restrictions on carrying guns and other weapons, saying property owners, business owners and governments still can make rules.

Hood says the law was not unconstitutionally vague. He also says the judge and those who sued to overturn the law were trying to use the courts to change a policy they disagree with.