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California Thumbs Nose At US Constitution

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For a state which prides itself on protecting the “rights” of people (even when those rights are not based upon any articulated protection found in a governing document) it is nonetheless not surprising that California is ignoring the Full Faith and Credit clause of the United States Constitution. This is troubling for anyone who has […]

Georgia To Consider Unlicensed Concealed Carry

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Georgia Republican state representative Matt Gurtler has pre-filed legislation that would allow for permitless concealed carry (often inaccurately called “Constitutional Carry”). This is a good idea that has worked in many other states for many years with nary a problem. This so because law-abiding citizens follow the law while criminals are not deterred by laws. […]

Waffle House Shooter’s Father Denies LEOs Told Him To Keep Guns From Son

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On April 22, 2018, around 3:00 a.m., a practically naked mass shooter with an AR-15 entered a Waffle House in Nashville and opened fire. In 42 seconds he killed four people and injured four more. The shooting was stopped by a hero – an “ordinary” guy – who refused to be a hapless victim. This […]

Attorney Receives $28,184.81 Worth of Guns For Legal Work; Bar Complaint Filed

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The full story is covered here on the excellent Legal Profession Blog. In a nutshell, an Ohio gun seller incurred over $27,000 in legal fees. One of the law firm’s partners took items in trade for the debt. That can be permissible if done properly. The problem here is that the lawyer did not pay […]

Must I Show NFA Tax Stamp To A Range Officer?

Posted on Posted in Gun Laws, Range Etiquette

Short answer: No. Long answer: The attorney general, or his designee, meaning an ATF agent, can require the owner of a NFA item (suppressor, short barreled rifle, short barreled shotgun, machinegun) to show proof of registration, i.e. the tax stamp. 26 U.S. Code § 5841(e). There is nothing that requires a private range officer to […]

New Order Re: Courthouse Guns, Familiar Problems

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In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ward v. Colom, the chancellors of the Mississippi Fourteenth (14th) District of Chancery Courts entered a new order with many of the same problems and a few new ones to boot. I suspect that this order too will be challenged and vacated unless the Legislature has the […]

Bump Stock Ban Effective 3/26/19

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The ATF’s politically-motivated redefinition of a bump stock as a machinegun was published today in the Federal Register as Docket No. 2018R–22F; AG Order No. 4367–2018. It becomes effective ninety days later, on Wednesday, March 26, 2019. Anyone owning a bump stock must either destroy or surrender (without just compensation) their bump stock lest they […]

Reed Martz featured in Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network Atty Question of the Month

Posted on Posted in Conferences, Seminars, and Education

Read all the responses here. We understand that law firms are busy places focused on defending people with current legal problems. How do you recommend a Network member who does not have a pending legal issue connect with an attorney for a brief consultation to be sure the member understands their state’s self-defense laws, while […]

Speaking Engagement – The Well Armed Woman

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For the third consecutive year, Reed Martz will present to the Oxford, Miss. (north Mississippi) chapter of The Well Armed Woman, a national non-profit organization formed to educate, equip, and empower women to take personal responsibility for their safety.  Reed’s November 20th presentation will cover topics including the use of justifiable self-defense, how to prepare for […]

Restoring the right to own a firearm to non-violent offenders

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Following the United States Supreme Court’s landmark cases in Heller and McDonald, the courts have slowly been recognizing that not all criminal convictions should operate as a lifetime ban on a felon’s – or maybe even a misdemeanor convict’s – fundamental right to own a firearm for self-defense.  Although Mississippi has some procedures for restoring […]