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Mississippi Gun Laws; Churches, Open Carry & You.

Mississippi House Bill 786 is poised to become law any second.  This is commonly referred to as the “Mississippi Church Protection Act.

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It basically extends Castle Law Doctrine immunities to you while at church, if you otherwise meet the requirements.  Prerequisites include that your Church is such per state law, that your Church establish  a security program, that members of said security program otherwise meet the licensure requirements of 45-9-101 and said members take an instructional course. Finally, the members must be in the act of “resisting any unlawful attempt to kill a member(s) or attendee(s) of such church or place of worship, or to commit any felony upon any such member or attendee in the church or place of worship or in the immediate premises thereof.”

This Bill is being noted for what else it claims to do.  Buried on page 18 of 30 in the bill is a one sentence addendum to the current concealed carry statute, 45-9-101 et al.

“(24) No license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.”

I’ve seen stories, blogs and FaceBook posts touting this as a seismic shift in Mississippi Gun law. However, readers of this blog will know that this has been the law since at least July 2013. At this time, the definition of Concealed for purposes of the law came into being.

97-37-1. (1) Except as otherwise provided in Section 45-9-101, any person who carries, concealed * * * on or about one’s person, any pistol, revolver… must have a concealed carry license.”

“(4) For the purposes of this section, “concealedmeans hidden or obscured from common observation and shall not include… a loaded or unloaded pistol carried upon the  person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster that is wholly or partially visible, or carried upon the person in a scabbard or case for carrying the weapon that is wholly or partially visible.”

Are you safer in church? Well, that depends on who you go to Church with. Is there any other meaningful change in the law? No, just further clarifying what the law is and making the criminal code and concealed carry laws consistent.

Read about Open Carry,  Purse Packin’,  Gun Myths and  Gun Law 101.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and supports your Second Amendement right to responsible gun onwership.

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Purse Packin’, Mississippi’s Evolving Law on Carrying a Firearm

Mississippi Law requires a license to carry a concealed weapon under most circumstances. However, a proposed change in the law will allow for carrying a pistol or revolver in your handbag. No license needed.

SENATE BILL NO. 2394 holds, in part

“No license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried in a purse, handbag,  satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.”

The proposed legislation also decreases the fee for a concealed carry license from $100 to $80.

This change in the law  is consistent with Mississippi’s prior gun law legislation.  Many anti-gun voices predicted Mississippi going the way of the “Wild West” when “Open Carry” was defined in the law. These fears were unfounded.  This change, too, will not lead to shoot outs at the OK Corral, but rather serve to allow persons to protect themselves easier and, perhaps, cause a criminal to reconsider their target…

Mississippians, as a whole, believe in responsible gun ownership and the law (MS Gun Law Q/A)  & (101) is just now catching up with those beliefs.

Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and supports responsible gun ownership.

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Celebrating Your Divorce Vegas-Style!

It’s an odd concept to Celebrate Divorce. Yet sometimes it is appropriate…


A gun range in Las Vegas offers a unique way to celebrate your divorce.

“The ‘Just Divorced’ package is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. This package encourages ex-spouses to celebrate their recent uncoupling and new beginning by taking aim at wedding items from years past including (but not limited to) wedding dresses, tuxes, and marriage certificates with the largest caliber-shot available.   Up to four guests can celebrate the divorcee’s new independence by utilizing wedding memorabilia as targets in Machine Guns Vegas private VIP room!”

Shoot a standard, or pink, fully automatic weapon, complimentary transportation and Free VIP upgrade available. All of this for just $499.99. And up to 4 guests! Act now!

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Attorney in Jackson, Mississippi and can help you celebrate your divorce.  Act now.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or more information on Collaborative or Amicable Divorces. (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.