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Gun law set to turn Magnolia State into Wild West

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On July 1 a new gun law goes into effect in Mississippi that some say it will turn the Magnolia State into the Wild West.

The new law known as House Bill 2, clarified what is considered concealed when it comes to weapons. At the same time it clarified what is considered open.

Under current law, a pistol in a holster is considered all or partially concealed when on the owner's hip. Starting next Monday, that will not be the case.

Beginning the first of July it will be perfectly legal for a law abiding citizen or gun owner to strap on a holstered pistol. Also legal are shotguns and rifles of legal length.

This law doesn't only apply to those who live in Mississippi, but law abiding citizens from out of state can pack heat openly as well.

Tunica County's Sheriff Office held an open meeting on Monday, June 23, for business owners who are concerned about the new law.  Legally the store owners have been told that they can post signage stopping gun owners from bringing firearms into their business.

While many Mississippians embrace the new law and a chance to strap on a firearm, House Bill 2 has been a concern for many law enforcement officers in the Magnolia State who say they won't be able to tell on first sight whether or not someone who is carrying a weapon is legal or not because felons don't wear signs saying "I'm a felon and I shouldn't be carrying a gun."

"I'm ready to strap a gun on my belt," one Tunica County farmer told FOX13 News. "I think every law abiding citizen in Mississippi should do the same."

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