Jackson Miss. Mayor Asks to Be Sued, Decides He Is Above Constitution

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In this Youtube video, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced he “suspended” by “executive order” due to the COVID-19 pandemic the “open carry” law – a/k/a the Mississippi Constitution. https://youtu.be/YDKFdbaeLtQ Mayor Lumumba cites Miss. Code section 45-7-17(7)(e) as his authority (timestamp 2:20). First off, that citation is wrong. There is no code section 45-7-17. He […]

In Georgia, can I keep a gun in my car?

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Unlicensed Carry Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may carry a weapon or long gun on their property or inside their home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license.[[lxiv]] Individuals may also carry handguns in a closed case, provided they are […]

Mississippi Abolished Pre-Arming Jury Instructions

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In the case of Dante Taylor v. State of Mississippi, NO. 2017-CT-01596-SCT, the Mississippi Supreme Court abolished "pre-arming" jury instructions. Read for yourself here: https://courts.ms.gov/Images/Opinions/CO143121.pdf What does this mean? A pre-arming instruction is an instruction to the jury that " one cannot arm himself in advance when he is not in any physical danger, go […]

Tennessee’s New Permit System Starts Tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2020

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Tennessee is a “shall issue” state, meaning that an applicant who meets all statutory criteria must be issued a license to carry a concealed pistol, revolver, or stun gun. The basic criteria for issuance of either Tennessee handgun licenses are: being a Tennessee resident and either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; at least […]

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 […]

Mississippi Concealed Weapon License Process

Posted Posted in Carrying a gun, Conferences, Seminars, and Education, Gun Laws

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]