Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday that law-enforcement officers are confused about whether Mississippi has an open-carry gun law. Then, during a news conference intended to clarify the situation, Hood gave an explanation that even he conceded was “probably, you know, as clear as mud.”
Hood said that a Hinds County judge does, indeed, have the authority to block any state law from taking effect if the judge finds the law to be unconstitutional. Lawsuits challenging state laws are filed in Hinds County because the seat of state government, Jackson, is in Hinds County.
However, Hood said while a Hinds County judge’s ruling is fully applicable in Hinds County, it’s up to law enforcement officers in the other 81 counties to decide how they’ll react to it.