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Locals brace for open carry impact

September 3, 2013

After two months in limbo, Mississippi Supreme Court judges unanimously voted last week to uphold the state’s proposed open carry law, which enables any adult legally allowed to own a firearm or weapon to carry one openly without a permit.

Rep. Gary Chism — who represents parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties — said lawmakers sought to clear discrepancies in the law brought to light by an attorney general’s opinion that legislature could only regulate concealed weaponry. As weapons worn openly were not concealed, limiting carry options was a violation of the Mississippi Constitution.

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