Reed Martz to appear on JT Show on SuperTalkMS

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On Friday, July 19, 2019, gun lawyer Reed Martz will appear on The JT Show (https://www.supertalk.fm/shows/the-j-t-show/) at 11:20 CST to discuss the implications of Mississippi House Bill 1581 which went into effect on July 1, 2019. Reed will also discuss the 2nd Annual NATIONAL TRAIN A TEACHER DAY to be held on July 20th, 2019.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]