Open Carry Opponents to Supreme Court – Let Hinds County Handle This

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood backed up Gipson’s claim in a motion where the attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to allow the “open carry” law to go into effect. The law was supposed to be in effect Monday, but it was blocked late Friday by a Hinds County Circuit Court judge after Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler, Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and others filed a lawsuit to block the law’s enactment.

Hood filed the motion Monday with the Supreme Court. The group wanting to block the law’s enactment filed a response late Monday, saying a hearing is scheduled next week in Hinds County Circuit Court, thus it is too early for the Supreme Court to act.

Gipson said he wants the state’s highest court to weigh in on the controversy.

“What we are talking about here is nothing less than the rights of Mississippians,” Gipson said Monday during a news conference at the state Capitol.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
6/3/13