Sid Salter: Gun law opinion resonates

Attorney General Jim Hood’s 2013 opinion sought to clarify confusion over the legislation led to passage by state Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, that the lawmaker said sought to clearly define what a concealed weapon is under the law and to distinguish between “concealed carry” and “open carry” rights.

For many law enforcement officers charged with enforcing the state’s “concealed carry” law and other contradictory statutes, the bill created some confusion.

As Hood’s opinion expressly noted, the ruling doesn’t apply to people who carry a concealed weapon with a standard or enhanced permit. Those who seek and win concealed carry permits in Mississippi have already agreed to rather broad restrictions on carrying their weapons in most local, state and federal government buildings, law enforcement venues, educational facilities, professional athletic events, airport terminals and bars.