Tag Archives: guns

Gun Myths Debunked

People make a lot of assumptions about guns.  Most of them are wrong…

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Mississippi has fairly straight forward gun laws.

Can I purchase a gun from a dealer

Yes, if you are 18 or older for a long gun (ie: shotgun, rifle, muzzle loader)

or

Yes, if you are 21 or older for a hand gun (ie: pistol, revolver)

and

have not been convicted of domestic violence, a felony and have not been committed for alcohol or drugs, and are not under the influence at the time of purchase.

What about Possessing a Firearm?

Possession as opposed to purchasing has lesser restrictions.  There is not minimum age for possession of a long gun. It’s not uncommon for 9-year-olds and up to have a shotgun for dove or duck hunting.  It’s legal, and assuming proper supervision, safe.  The law is a little more restrictive on a youngster possessing a handgun, but you can possess one if you are 18 or older, and if younger than 18 you may possess one for hunting purposes, at a shooting range or on private property with permission of the landowner.

Do I need a Permit or License?

No.

Do I have to Register my Firearm?

No.

What about Concealed Carry?

MS has recently adopted new laws concerning concealed carry vs. open carry and a license is required for Concealed Carry.

Where can I have this gun?

Your home, your business and your car and a lot of other places too, unless there is a Federal restriction against it, or if your local entity has the proper signage, unless of course you have the instructor certified endorsement (though the endorsement does not override Federal restrictions). Confused yet?

I would suggest you consult with your local law enforcement office if you have specific questions, though reading the law for yourself may prove more beneficial.  Also, the laws are ever-changing.  Confer with an attorney if you have any questions concerning the use, purchase or possession of a firearm in Mississippi before you have an issue.

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Churchill Wisdom; On Guns

Winston Churchill, who appears not infrequently as a part of this blog, was known to carry a firearm on his person.

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The above, a 1896 Broomhandle Mauser, was his military issued firearm.

According to British firearms author and historian Richard Law, knowing Churchill had been targeted by Hitler’s agents for assassination, Churchill always went armed, his bodyguards notwithstanding.  He kept a Thompson sub-machine gun, loaded in a rack within easy reach in his official limousine.  Discovering that his chief bodyguard carried a little .32 Webley, Churchill ordered a new Colt Government Model .45 for his him.  A short time later, Churchill asked the chief bodyguard how he liked the new pistol. The man replied that he was still carrying the .32 because the Colt was too heavy.

“Give it to me, then,” snapped Churchill, as he shoved it into his overcoat.   This became the great leader’s personal carry gun until the end of the war.

Prior Churchill Wisdom includes;

Mississippi, beginning in July, will allow open carry and 2 levels of concealed carry are currently available for residents.

Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney in Mississippi.  Contact TLF with your family law or firearm law related inquiry.

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MS Gun Law Update

I previously blogged on Mississippi gun law basics.  Since that blog the Mississippi legislature passed two bills which tweaked one aspect of the prior blog and also added additional safeguards to persons possessing a concealed carry permit. (An additional “update” here on Open Carry in MS)

First the tweak.  Prior to the change, a concealed weapon had to be “completely concealed” at all times in order to be legal.  Having your firearm in a holster on your hip covered by a jacket was fine, but if you reached, stretched or adjusted and it became visible it was no longer “concealed,” and therefore a violation of the law.  The law now provides that incidental “unconcealment” is not a violation.  This is just a common sense change in the law.

Now the safeguard.  Mississippi, along with 32 other states, now prohibits the release of the names of persons with a concealed carry permit.  This is a safety issue as a New York newspaper recently published the names and addresses of all persons in Westchester County that had a concealed carry permit issued to them by the state of New York.  After the article was published a home was specifically targeted for robbery due to the fact that the burglars suspected they could steal guns.  Now whether a person has a concealed carry permit is protected not subject to disclosure pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests.  Though the information regarding concealed carry is still available to law enforcement and via valid subpoena.

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