Interesting article on Mississippi gun laws
David Kopel, "The Strange Career of Mississippi’s Bans on Gun Carrying." It certainly followed a strange path! Bans on concealed carry became, by judicial interpretation, bans on all carry. The legislature finally rectified that, only to have a trial court enjoin the new law as void for vagueness ... essentially, a *defense* was supposedly void for vagueness! Finally the State Supreme Court voided the injunction.
More on this story here: http://jurist.org/sidebar/2013/09/reed-martz-right-to-carry.php
Posted by: Reed Martz at October 16, 2013 11:46 AM
And of course, Mr. Kopel explains that all the state laws came about because the SC ruled incorrectly in Barron that the BoR did not bind the States eventhough nothing in the 2nd implies such a determination and the supremacy clause would work in conjunction with the 2nd to bind the states by the 2nd. What passes for a legal decision at many levels wouldn't get the same authors a passing grade in a freshman college course.
I've turned my copy of the Constitution sideways, upside down, backwards, and even used IR and UV to find the part where the 2nd says anything about the government have the authority to decide how one carries. Maybe I'm not twisting my tongue or twerking just right to discover where it is written.
Those judges sure have better eyes and minds than the rest of society, being endowed as they are with the acuity to perceive the thoughts and intentions of those long dead an to read all that stuff hidden between the lines. In my humble case, I can only read the words that are written and in them I cannot find anything that allows such control of a God-given Right.
Posted by: fwb at October 16, 2013 01:10 PM
From what I see of the ones carrying in my state of MS they are more a danger to themselves than any one else.
Posted by: Jim K at October 17, 2013 06:24 AM