State appeals judge's decision on new gun law

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Updated: 7/22/2013 4:03 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- State officials are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to allow the new open carry gun law to go into effect.

Last week, a Hinds County judge ruled that the law should not go into effect until it is reviewed again by the Mississippi legislature.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says many law enforcement officers around the state are confused about whether they can arrest someone who's openly carrying a firearm.

Hood says a Hinds County judge had the power to block a state law from taking effect, because the seat of state government is in Hinds County.

But Hood also says sheriffs and police officers in the other 81 counties might be wasting their time by arresting people for simply carrying a gun that's not concealed.
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