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 ( 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: In summary, the bill provides what is, and what is not, a courtroom. […]

Pepper Spray Laws For Every State

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I advocate that no person should carry a gun or knife (deadly instruments) without also carrying pepper spray (non-lethal instrument). Pepper spray, also called OC, is much more likely to be appropriate compared to a gun. It can also be carried in many, many more locations than a firearm. Without a less than lethal option, […]

Freeland Martz Is Expanding to Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Photo: Sunset Rock, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Dear WordPress, You may have heard that I am moving. That’s mostly true. My family and I are moving to Tennessee to open Freeland Martz, PLLC in Chattanooga. Freeland Martz has long been a regional firm practicing in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee so we are excited to open […]

Alabama Church Protection Act

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A good discussion of this proposed bill can be found here. Mississippi has had a church protection act for several years without problems. I am aware of numerous churches who have taken the initiative to establish a security team and have personally been involved in the formation of several. From the article (read the whole […]

Los Angeles Hates The NRA and The First Amendment Too

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In its zeal to name and shame anyone who might dare entertain a different point of view regarding the National Rifle Association, the city of Los Angeles, California is violating the First Amendment by demanding all city contractors disclose whether they have any ties to the NRA. Eugene Volokh has a great legal analysis of […]

EJ Bradford Report

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The Alabama Attorney General’s report on the EJ Bradford shooting at the Galleria mall has been released. Read the report here. The report includes surveillance footage the AG determined to show that the officer’s assumption EJ was a threat was reasonable. It is hard to know from just a few screen captures if that was […]