PHEBA, Miss. (WCBI) – In less than two weeks Mississippi’s new open carry gun law takes effect but confusion still remains. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued an opinion on what he thought the law means but business owners are still being cautious.
The so-called Open Carry Gun Law is causing rural store owners to rethink and prepare for it once it goes into effect July 1, 2013.
While rural Clay County store owner Tracy McKee believes in gun rights and even owns guns, he is joining with local law enforcement personnel in firing off caution when it comes to openly carrying a weapon.
“I enjoy hunting and fishing and there is a time and place for everything. And I just don’t think that coming into a business is the proper place to openly carry a gun. I mean why would you encourage somebody to tempt you,” said Mckee.
With a new gun law on the books, business owners like McKee are preparing to make adjustments.
“We will be posting signs urging customers not to bring them in and try to find out what we can do to prevent it. Because the safety of our employees and other customers is a great concern,” said McKee.
While the open carry law is being viewed by many as being confusing and as murky as muddy water, when it comes to gun ownership, many citizens are protective and up in arms about their individual rights. Private citizens are prohibited from having weapons on school grounds.
“I think it should be banned from school houses and courthouses. And if possible I’m going to have it banned from my business,” said McKee.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott is in favor of keeping private gun owners from bringing weapons into their courthouse. They’ll take up the issue at an upcoming meeting with county supervisors.