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Posted on June 14, 2013
Upholds key components of legislation but allows for certain restrictions on where unconcealed firearms may be carried
As recently reported, the State Legislature passed and Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed into law several pro-Second Amendment bills this session, including House Bill 2 by state Representative Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) and state Senator Giles Ward (R-Louisville). This new law makes critical changes to the state's gun carry laws. A July 2012 opinion issued by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) determined that it was unlawful under existing statutes for anyone to a carry holstered, partially-visible pistol on their person. Additionally, any concealed carry permit holder who temporarily or accidentally displayed their firearm when removing or adjusting a suit or sport jacket would be violating the law. HB 2 addressed these issues by revising the definition of "concealed" as it applies to the carrying of firearms by permit holders and non-permittees alike, and is slated to become law on July 1.
This week, the Attorney General's office released this draft opinion in response to questions submitted by Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance. While key provisions of the law appear to be upheld, it leaves the door open for future restrictions on the unlicensed, open carry of firearms in certain locations. Among the findings in the draft opinion, which NRA-ILA will continue to comb through and analyze, are:
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