Mississippi To Get Some Knife Sense?

Posted Posted in Legislation, Uncategorized

HOUSE BILL NO. 451, introduced by Rep. Zuber, might bring some needed sanity to Mississippi’s knife laws. Currently a person may carry a concealed firearm without a license but no one, including enhanced licensees who have gone through a background check and training course, can carry “any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife” […]

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

Posted Posted in Carrying a gun, Gun Laws, Legislation

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 […]

Tennessee Creates Enhanced Carry Permit

Posted Posted in Carrying a gun, Gun Laws, Legislation

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

Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation, News

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. […]

Alabama Church Protection Act

Posted Posted in Church security, Legislation

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 […]

Tennessee to consider safe storage felony law

Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation

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 […]


Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation

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.

Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation

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 […]

Georgia To Consider Unlicensed Concealed Carry

Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation

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. […]

New Order Re: Courthouse Guns, Familiar Problems

Posted Posted in Gun Laws, Legislation

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 […]