HInds Circuit Judge extends "Open Carry" restraining order - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

HInds Circuit Judge extends "Open Carry" restraining order

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has extended his temporary restraining order, keeping the Open Carry Law from going into effect, until Friday. Judge Kidd says he will rule on a permanent injunction on Friday or before.

Judge Kidd extended his order after hearing arguments on House Bill 2 Monday afternoon.

The plaintiffs want the temporary restraining order to be extended until lawmakers can clarify the language in a special session or the  2014 regular session. They believe the law is unconstitutionally vague.

Hinds County Constable Jerry Moore was called as a witness. The state is just beginning its arguments.

The Mississippi Supreme court has refused to lift the temporary restraining order in an order July 2nd. The court denied the request for procedural reasons and not on the merits of the case.

The court didn't elaborate on the procedural reasons, but Mississippi College Law School professor Matt Steffey says it's not surprising the court let the TRO stand.

Steffey said it's likely the court is waiting until the Circuit Court has had a full hearing on the merits of the case and made a decision.

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