Circuit Judge Winston Kidd granted a temporary restraining order on this law at the request of a Hinds County district attorney. Kidd says the law’s wording is vague and it must be stopped to prevent irreparable harm. However, lawmakers say this open-carry law does not actually expand any laws, it only more clearly defines what is already in place.
According to Representative Greg Snowden, that means this judge is challenging the state constitution and without much time to spare.
“It was given with only 15 minutes notice to the Attorney General,” Snowden says. “In fact, the Attorney General has said when he got there to defend the lawsuit on 15 minutes notice, the media was already there. So, whoever filed the lawsuit gave more notice to the media than they did to the Attorney General.”