MS business owners react differently on open-carry laws - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

MS business owners react differently on open-carry laws

David Campbell owns Dekar Salon, and when open carry laws take effect he will not try to keep guns out of his shop. David Campbell owns Dekar Salon, and when open carry laws take effect he will not try to keep guns out of his shop.
Sisodiya will say no to firearms at his Exxon in Hernando. Sisodiya will say no to firearms at his Exxon in Hernando.
Law enforcement officers like DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco want people to be aware of the new law that he says is bound to make his job a little tougher. Law enforcement officers like DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco want people to be aware of the new law that he says is bound to make his job a little tougher.

UPDATE [6:35]: A state judge has blocked a Mississippi open-carry gun law from taking effect Monday, according to the Associated Press. This story broke after this report aired.

(WMC-TV) - Open carry laws are in effect in Mississippi starting Monday as long as the weapon is fully or partially visible. Private businesses will have a choice to make because they can prohibit weapons with a sign.

David Campbell owns Dekar Salon, and when open-carry laws take effect he will not try to keep guns out of his shop.

"I think a person ought to have the right to protect themselves and their family," he said.

It is a tough call for business owners.

"We're going to put a sign on the door that says you cannot bring firearms," said gas station owner Mahendra Sisodiya.

Sisodiya will say no to firearms at his Exxon in Hernando.

"Mainly the reason being customers, we don't want them to feel uncomfortable, and of course safety of the employees," said Sisodiya.

Law enforcement officers like DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco want people to be aware of the new law that he says is bound to make his job a little tougher.

"It's frightening for us in law enforcement because I think there are going to be some people that just try you in the beginning to see what you are going to do," he said.

Rasco will be among those posting no weapons signs where he can, including the county courthouse and justice court. He hopes people will be smart and safe – while the business owners decide to post a sign

"It's just a very uncomfortable situation I think," said Sisodiya.

Or not.

"If somebody wants to carry a gun that's up to them as long as they don't point it at me. I don't want anybody pointing it at me.," said Campbell.

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