Reed Martz to appear on Super Talk Mississippi – The JT Show

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Attorney and firearms law expert Reed Martz will appear again on The JT Show on Super Talk Mississippi to discuss the recent announcements by Wal-Mart and Kroger concerning ammunition sales (Wal-Mart) and open carry of a firearm (Wal-Mart and Kroger) in their stores.

H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapon Ban of 2019

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I just read a summary of the provisions of this bill. Unlike the 1994 AWB (which did nothing to affect crime), the new proposal provides a firearm is allowed only one cosmetic feature instead of two. That means a rifle with a detachable magazine cannot have any of the following: pistol grip; forward grip; folding […]

Off Duty Police Officer Shoots Himself While Drinking In A Bar

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As reported by Hotty Toddy news (https://hottytoddy.com/2019/07/31/bar-owners-says-off-duty-cop-shot-himself-in-leg/), an off duty police officer in Rooster’s Blues House, a bar located on the Oxford Square, shot himself in the leg while fiddling with a gun in his pocket. According to the article, the officer had a .38 revolver in his shorts. The officer’s name has not been […]

Mississippi Concealed Weapon License Process

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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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]