FBI 2018 Crime Statistics

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A few highlights: Both violent crime (3.3%) and property crime (6.3%) fell in 2018 from the previous year; The 2018 violent crime rate is still higher than 2014 and 2015; There were about 1.2 million violent crimes in 2018; The only category of violent crime increased was rape (2.7%); In 2018, the estimated number of […]

Not My Problem

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I am a general adherent to the principle that "Not My People = Not My Problem." While there are absolutely situations under which I would intervene in on behalf of a stranger, my default position is not to get involved when I do not fully understand the circumstances. Right after the photo above was taken, […]

Reed Martz to appear on Super Talk Mississippi – The JT Show

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Attorney and firearms law expert Reed Martz will appear again on The JT Show on Super Talk Mississippi to discuss the recent announcements by Wal-Mart and Kroger concerning ammunition sales (Wal-Mart) and open carry of a firearm (Wal-Mart and Kroger) in their stores.

Open Carrier Acts A Fool; Police Chief & Mayor 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 […]