Attorney General Jim Hood releases new opinion on gun carry law

Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the Attorney General’s office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi’s gun laws.

Gun owners who hold “enhanced permits” can take their weapons to places like churches, voting precincts and even inside passenger terminals of airports, even if there are signs posted to expressly prohibit guns, Assistant Attorney General Ricky G. Luke said in an opinion originally crafted in response to a request from the city of Corinth.

Luke said that how far a local government can go on limiting weapons varies, depending on whether it is addressing the standard permit for carrying a concealed weapon or the “enhanced” permit, which requires firearms training.