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Mississippi high court blows out open carry ban

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A circuit judge tried to keep it from happening but carrying a gun in the state of Mississippi got a lot easier Thursday.

Gun enthusiasts are torn on the issue. Some say it's a fine line between constitutional rights and public safety. 

It's a law some Mississippi officials felt needed more regulations, but after being put on hold for two months, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled unanimously the law will take effect. It's a move not popular with everyone, even some gun owners.

Steven Riles, who owns a gun says, "I'm not too sure about it. I kind of don't want my kids seeing people walking up and down the street with guns on their backs."

Richard Yoder is the manager of The Gun Exchange in Olive Branch. He says this new law could be opening the window for problems in the Magnolia State. "I'm all in favor of people having the right to bear arms," he says. "I believe and back it 100% but I believe it should be done with a permit."

The new law allows adults to openly carry guns in the state of Mississippi without a permit.

Yoder feels lawmakers needed to spend more time adding gun restrictions to this law before it was passed. "Where this new law is now, you can carry any gun you want: a rifle, a shotgun, AR 15 - whatever and walk down the street with them on your shoulder and the police cannot stop you and question you unless they have probable cause," says Yoder.

Others believe, permits are not necessary for any gun.

Mark Word works in Olive Branch and says anyone who wants to carry a gun, should be able to. "I don't care, let them carry their guns," says Word. "Guns end up in the wrong hands with a permit or without a permit."

Another woman who wished to remain anonymous says owning a gun is any American's right. "I think it's a good thing that everybody can do what they want with their guns," she says.

While Yoder disagrees with the tolerant language in the new law, he feels it could impact crime in Mississippi. "If you're a criminal, you're going to be less hesitant to do anything because these people could draw on you and kill you right where you stand."

The new Mississippi law only applies to open-carry. People wishing to carry a concealed weapon need to apply for a permit.

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