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. […]

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 […]

Tennessee to consider safe storage felony law

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I question the efficacy of safe storage laws – I do not think they actually work – but no one I know questions the obligation of a gun owner to safely store his/her firearm. Gun owners should do this through personal responsibility rather than government compulsion. Nevertheless, Tennessee State Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, is bringing […]

CERT!

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For the first time in nearly ten years, the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari (cert) to a gun case. An excellent analysis can be found here. Basically, New York grants gun permits to only the special, favor few and then prevents them from taking their gun outside the city. The rationale for this […]

Borrowing Your Buddy’s 12 Gauge For Duck Hunting? Go To Jail.

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Dave Kopel has a good article discussing House Bill 8 to be proposed to the new Democratically controlled House. In the article, Kopel writes: HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the […]