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Mississippians arming themselves for July 1

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At Olive Branch's Gun Exchange, Richard Yoder thinks the new open carry gun law is crazy.

"This new law on open carry, meaning you can openly carry without a permit, is the dumbest thing I have ever heard," Yoder said.

But with that said, Yoder added he has plans for July 1 just the same, in case any crazy folks decide to start "packing' heat."

"I'll start carrying a shotgun on my shoulder and my .45 on my hip and just say 'here they are.'" he said.

Gun law set to turn Magnolia State into Wild West

Olive Branch's Diane Graise doesn't like the new open carry law in the least, but says she plans on packing heat openly just the same.

"I don't want to be left behind," she said. "I don't want to be all peace and harmony and then I get a piece of the action. I'm not prepared, so yeah I would."

Across town at the Double Barrel gun shop Daniel Brown says critics of the new gun law don't understand that it will, he believes, make crime plummet in Mississippi like it has in other open carry states. Brown thinks crime will drop in the Magnolia State by 40 percent with the new law.

"It's a very simple law, one of the best laws that the state has done in a while," he said. "In the open carry states they are all near the bottom in violence and even petty crime. People know you have a gun, they will leave you alone and that's the bottom line of it."

Brown also says the current laws requiring Mississippians to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional because it charges people for a right that is already theirs. He says he also believes the new open carry law is more along the lines of what was intended by the Second Amendment.

"If you fill out a form to have to buy a gun, it's unconstitutional because it infringes on your right," Brown says.

In looking at crime stats from 11 states that have open carry laws just like the one Mississippi is about to adopt, no connection was found linking open carry gun laws to a reduction in crime.

In some states the crime was low, in some it was in the middle, and in others it was high.

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