Mississippians React to New State Gun Law

Mississippians React to New State Gun Law

The clock is ticking until the new concealed carry gun law takes effect in Mississippi on July first.
WALLS, MS (localmemphis.com) - The clock is ticking until the new concealed carry gun law takes effect in Mississippi on July first.

The new law redefines how you can pack heat in the Magnolia state. Right now, it's illegal to expose any part of the gun. The new law will allow Mississippians to carry a gun almost anywhere, including courthouses.

Some of the Mississippians we talked to said it's something you'd only see in a movie.

"A lot of little kids getting shot. I mean it will be alright for protection wise, but I don't think that they should be allowing guns to be carried into court. That's just crazy," said Mississippi resident Christian Tucker.

The law even allows enhanced conceal carry permit holders to carry a firearm onto school grounds, but the weapon must be completely concealed.

Walls native Mitchell Lucas has serious concerns about the new gun law. "I think maybe people watch too many movies, thinking there's going to be some kind of action sequence they can participate in just because they have a gun, and that's not really the way the world is. You know this is small town Mississippi, and if somebody shows up with a gun to do something crazy there's police everywhere. That's what they're there for," he said.

Under the new law, sheriffs do have the authority to prohibit the open carry of firearms into county courthouses, and private property owners can post signs to deny entry to those with weapons. In the meantime, these Mississippians are holstering up.

Don Smith said, "I'm for it. You ought to be able to protect yourself."

Jimmy Bloodworth added, "I believe you ought to be able to protect yourself at all times. With all the crime we got nowadays, I think if everybody can carry their gun the crime will cut down."

Mississippian, Jerry Russell said, "Right now the way it is, all the criminals got guns!"

While critics argue the new gun law is too vague and confusing, some say it all boils down to who's toting the gun.

"It could be a good thing, then it could be a bad thing, it all depends on who's carrying the gun," said Dashanta Tyson.

If you would like to know more about the law, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office is hosting an informational Monday, June 24th. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Sheriff's Office.

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