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Mississippi Supreme Court reverses and renders, decides open carry statute constitutional

In a unanimous order signed by Justice Pierce that I can only read as saying, “Enough of this bullshit, already,” the Supreme Court today cut off briefing and ruled on the interlocutory appeal in the open carry case, reversing and rendering and holding that the statute is not ambiguous.

After stating the familiar standard […]

Judge Kidd rules the open carry statute unconstitutionally vague

Judge Kidd was asked by the plaintiffs in the Open Carry case to extend a Temporary Restraining Order enjoining the statute until the next term of the legislature.  That made no sense on several levels– TROs can only last 10 days, although they can be extended for another 10 days, and what is the […]

Some thoughts on the open carry statute and law enforcement discretion

Here’s some notes on that open carry statute.

As I understand the law prior to passage:  It was (and is) a crime to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.   A partially concealed weapon (by statute) violated this prohibition.  There were a number of defenses to the statute (my favorite required the defendant […]