Map of Mississippi highlighting Hinds County

Attorney General Jim Hood says the ruling last week by a Hinds County circuit judge blocking the enactment of a law clarifying Mississippi as a state where people can openly carry a weapon doesn’t apply outside the judge’s Hinds County jurisdiction.

“I do not believe that the injunction would prevent someone outside Hinds County, who was openly carrying a weapon, from using the statute as a defense,” Hood said in a statement. “In other words, the judge’s decision would only prevent Hinds County residents from availing themselves of the defenses contained in the new law.”

Still, the Democratic attorney general said “due to all of the confusion caused by this injunction,” he hopes the state Supreme Court will agree to his request that it consider the issue “and end this matter.”

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