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Mississippi: Supreme Court Upholds House Bill 2!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court of Mississippi unanimously granted the appeal sought by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) and without further briefing found that Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd erred as a matter of law when he found House Bill 2 to be vague and unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court vacated the Circuit Court’s order which had granted the law's opponents injunctive relief, thereby allowing the NRA-backed law to take effect immediately.

Your NRA-ILA, Governor Phil Bryant (R), and a coalition of 80 pro-Second Amendment state legislators, including bill sponsors Representative Andy Gipson (R-Brandon) and Senator Giles Ward (R-Louisville), each submitted separate "friend of the court" briefs in this case last month, supporting House Bill 2.  Thank you to the lawmakers who stood up for your rights and congratulations to law-abiding Mississippians, who had to wait nearly two months beyond when this law should have taken effect to see justice finally served.

House Bill 2 clarified the definition of "concealed" and the manner in which firearms may be carried by permit holders and non-permit holders in accordance with Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution and under the state's carry law.  In short, permitees and non-permitees may now carry partially-visible, holstered firearms for personal protection.  Click here to view the intent and effects of this legislation as passed and enacted.

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