Open Carrier Acts A Fool; Police Chief & May Drop Wisdom

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On Friday, August 16, 2019, a 22 year old open carried a handgun into a Petal, Mississippi Wal-Mart to buy more ammunition. Ok, not my choice, but not a problem per se. What put this in the news was his “aggressive stance” which put employees on edge, only compounded by a "smirk" when his pistol […]

H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapon Ban of 2019

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I just read a summary of the provisions of this bill. Unlike the 1994 AWB (which did nothing to affect crime), the new proposal provides a firearm is allowed only one cosmetic feature instead of two. That means a rifle with a detachable magazine cannot have any of the following: pistol grip; forward grip; folding […]

Off Duty Police Officer Shoots Himself While Drinking In A Bar

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As reported by Hotty Toddy news (https://hottytoddy.com/2019/07/31/bar-owners-says-off-duty-cop-shot-himself-in-leg/), an off duty police officer in Rooster’s Blues House, a bar located on the Oxford Square, shot himself in the leg while fiddling with a gun in his pocket. According to the article, the officer had a .38 revolver in his shorts. The officer’s name has not been […]

Mississippi Concealed Weapon License Process

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I recently spoke at a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on several topics related to firearms. If you would like to review the slides from this presentation click on the link below. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tPf2-Z-N1T_yCQINTzxHoXPrlbkz_FKmdquqrnfhcds/edit

When 13 Minutes Is An Eternity

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The City of Oxford, Mississippi held an active shooter drill on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  According to the Oxford Eagle, “The call came into dispatch at 1:45 p.m. that there was an active shooter on the Oxford Intermediate School campus. By 1:53 p.m. police officers with OPD arrived at the school . . . OPD […]

Alabama CCW License No Longer Exempts From NICS Check

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In a letter dated July 22, 2019, the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) said that licenses issued by the state of Alabama, even if they meet other criteria (issued within the last five years after a NICS background check), will no longer serve as an exemption to the […]

Reed Martz to appear on JT Show on SuperTalkMS

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On Friday, July 19, 2019, gun lawyer Reed Martz will appear on The JT Show (https://www.supertalk.fm/shows/the-j-t-show/) at 11:20 CST to discuss the implications of Mississippi House Bill 1581 which went into effect on July 1, 2019. Reed will also discuss the 2nd Annual NATIONAL TRAIN A TEACHER DAY to be held on July 20th, 2019.

Tennessee Creates Enhanced Carry Permit

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With House Bill 1264 (a/k/a Public Chapter 479) effective January 1, 2020, the Tennessee Legislature created a bifurcated concealed carry permitting scheme. Under the new law, Tennessee residents who otherwise are qualified to be issued a concealed carry permit can satisfy the training requirement through an online or video course that is at least 90 […]

Guns in Courthouses – New Law Effective July 1, 2019

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In the latest salvo between the judges who want to control the entire courthouse and the Legislators who want them to limit themselves to the courtrooms, Mississippi House Bill 1581 goes into effect today. Full text of the bill is here: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2019/pdf/HB/1500-1599/HB1581SG.pdf In summary, the bill provides what is, and what is not, a courtroom. […]