Miss. Gun Law in Effect in DeSoto County despite Injunction

Miss. Gun Law in Effect in DeSoto County despite Injunction

Mississippians can now openly carry a weapon without a permit, at least in DeSoto County. After talking with the District Attorney, Sheriff Bill Rasco decided that the county would move forward with the law, despite the injunction.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (localmemphis.com) - Mississippians can now openly carry a weapon without a permit, at least in DeSoto County. After talking with the District Attorney, Sheriff Bill Rasco decided that the county would move forward with the law, despite the injunction.

House Bill 2 is on hold in most of the state, but not in DeSoto County.

"It's going county by county. Each county has their own way that they feel like they have to do stuff and with our aspect of what has gone on, what has taken place with the injunction against the law that's still under, until we really know what the whole story is, we've taken our side so the law is in effect today July 1st," said Rasco.

The law makes it legal for anyone over 18 to carry a weapon shorter than 16 inches as long as all or part of the weapon is visible, and almost nowhere is off limits.

"Any place in Mississippi you'll be able to carry openly at anytime unless this injunction holds up and they change the law, but it cannot be concealed unless you have a concealed carry permit," said Rasco.

While the law is active in the county, there are some lingering concerns.

"Some of the things that bothers us as law enforcement is that if we know you're carrying a weapon and we stop to question you, legally you don't have to answer our questions," said Rasco.

That remains a point of contention with law enforcement, a part of the bill that could prove dangerous.

"We feel like the average law-abiding citizen wouldn't avoid answering our questions but it's just one of the things we're going to have to work through to keep everyone safe in our county."

The open carry law also applies to tasers and knives.

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