The Mississippi Supreme Court slapped down a decision by a circuit court judge, who held up the implimentation for over two months. The court ruled unanimously that the circuit court judge had erred as a matter of law. The judge, Winston Kidd, had placed an injunction on the bill, saying that the law was too vague and that a reasonable person could not understand what is and what is not permissable.
Kidd, who was appointed by a democratic governor, ruled in favor in a suit brought by a democratic district attorney of Hinds County, who argued that allowing citizens to open carry was would lead to chaos. The Supreme Court ruled that his judgement in the case was deeply flawed. Kidd had ruled that the definition of concealed was "vague."
“For the purposes of this section, ‘concealed’ … shall not include … a loaded or unloaded pistol carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster that is wholly or partially visible, or carried upon the person in a scabbard or case for carrying the weapon that is wholly or partially visible,”
The definition is sufficiently clear. A gun you can see is not concealed. Kidd did not elaborate on what was allegedly not clear, but it is evident that the Supreme Court saw it differently, by virtue of the unanimous decision.
The sponsor of the bill, Andy Gipson of Braxton, was pleased with the decision. Opponents of the bill claimed that it would create a Wild West scenario, with shootouts in the streets.
“We’re looking at a Wild West scenario.” Jody Owens, Managing Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center charged.
Mississippi is the 45th state to pass a concealed carry law, and as of yesterday, none of the states have become Dodge City type environments.