Mississippi Open Carry Law

BY Herschel Smith
8 years, 4 months ago

A problem, as LEOs see it:

On July 1, a new law giving Mississippi residents the right to openly carry firearms without the need of a gun permit will go into effect.

Next week, during a two-hour block of instruction and education on the Open Carry Law, area law enforcement officers will get guidance on how the new law will impact their jobs and how to deal with citizens walking around with firearms at their side.

[ … ]

Confusion over Mississippi’s concealed weapons carry laws prompted legislators to address the issue. The law was unclear about whether or not a person carrying a concealed weapon was in violation of the law if the weapon was accidentally exposed to view. House Bill 2 clarifies the issue, stating a gun can be partially exposed if it is in a proper holster, and can be carried openly without a permit.

Some have argued that Mississippi was already an open carry gun state and that the law is causing confusion.

“The legislators created this animal and now they don’t know what to do with it,” Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp said. “The law has been on the books since 1890 but the people have pretty much ignored it for so many years. Now, the law has been out there in the news for a long time and I’m sure when July 1 rolls around we will see somebody walking around with a .45 strapped to their side.”

Kemp said he would like to attend the training session next week. “I’ve got some questions I’d like to ask myself,” Kemp says. “This law creates some potential problems for us as law enforcement officers and I’d like to get the AG’s office opinion on some of the things we might run into.”

[ … ]

“One of our main concerns with a citizen carrying a firearm, no matter under which law it is, that they are trained not only in the operation and functions of the firearm but when that person can deploy that firearm,” Calhoun said. “This is a huge responsibility for someone and they had better be clear on these and many other aspects of carrying a firearm otherwise it could lead to much more serious matters.”

Oh.  I see.  It’s a huge responsibility, kind of like the incident when:

“Every cop turned around and started unloading like super trigger happy as if their training was coming into full effect and they were being able to utilize it,” said Cleerdin. “Everybody was just blasting this car to pieces. It was absolutely terrifying.”

They were stunned with what was happening, as officers reportedly shot dozens of rounds – in the direction on-coming traffic.

“Cops are shooting from the front of the car, back into the rest of the on-coming traffic to the check point, into the rest of the innocent civilians down the road,” said Cleerdin.

Cleerdin says he believes the officers acted with no regard for public safety.

“It was way beyond reckless,” said Cleerdin. “I couldn’t believe it. These are professional people, professional officers, and they’re training, they’re highly trained and they’re not supposed to do stuff like that.”

Huge responsibility like when the cops did that?  So let’s make a few things clear to the LEO.  Mississippi is not a stop and identify state.  So no, you don’t have to ask an attorney since I just informed you.  You may not stop someone who isn’t violating the law, not even if you just want to know what he’s doing carrying a weapon.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has made that perfectly clear.  Got it?

On to the next topic.  No, this isn’t the end of the world, not even for LEOs – you know, the ones who can take on huge responsibility like carrying a weapon.  Men (and perhaps women) will open carry if they wish, and when ignorant citizens make calls about it, it will be your responsibility to educate them about the law, and demand to know what law is being violated before you dispatch a uniform and look stupid when he gets his ass dragged to court for stopping and identifying in a non-stop and identify state.

Finally, this won’t have any adverse affect on safety and security.  People who open carry won’t run around shooting others up.  After all.  Let’s review what’s happening.  This is the same thing as concealed carry, which is already legal, except that the weapon isn’t concealed.  Is that clear enough for you?  As a resident of North Carolina, which is a traditional open carry state, I assure you that your worst fears will not obtain.

There.  I feel like I have helped to the point that no further tutorial is needed from any expensive, pointy headed lawyers.  I’ve done my good deed for the day.


Comments

  1. On June 27, 2013 at 10:45 am, Al Reasin said:

    “and when ignorant citizens make calls about it, it will be your responsibility to educate them about the law”. And you can bet they will.

    Prior to the 2012 election I had been on corners with my flag and signs for 15 months. My friend standing with me had a sign saying to “KILL OBAMACARE” a take off of “KILL THE BILL” and a citizen reported us to the police saying it said “KILL OBAMA”. We had made sure the police knew us and thus nothing happened. Although, once I was in DC standing opposite the public entrance to the Capitol with my Navy Jack DONT TREAD ON ME flag for almost 3 hours when two police cars, one from the tactical squad and two motorcycle mounted Capital police officers surrounded me and asked why I was there and who I was meeting. I was polite but would not give them any unnecessary info like my SS number. An interesting experience.

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