Skip to comments.Know your rights: Hattiesburg gun vendors talk gun laws(MS)
Posted on 05/29/2012 6:52:50 AM PDT by marktwain
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
More than half of Mississippians own a firearm, but that doesn't mean they know their rights.
"If you are going to point a gun at somebody be prepared to use it," said Lamar County Sheriff, Danny Rigel.
Rigel has good reason to say this.
"I worked a strong armed robbery where somebody came in got the cashier to open up the cash register, and was taking the money out of the cash register. The cashier pulled the gun out from under the counter and pointed it at him, but froze, and he took the gun away from her and shot her in the chest," said Rigel.
Rigel says the woman did survive, but what if you had to defend yourself? Rigel says under a certain doctrine you can defend yourself, your home, your business , even your car.
"The Castle Doctrine was enacted in 2006 for the state of Mississippi. Basically, it says that you have the right to use deadly force in protecting yourself if you fear that you are in immanent danger, or that someone else is in immanent danger," said Rigel.
But there is an exclusion.
"If somebody breaks into your house and you tell them to leave, and they grab your TV, and start running out the door, that doesn't give you the right to just shoot them as they're running out of the house," said Rigel.
Protecting yourself is just one reason why people buy guns, Leaf River Sports in Hattiesburg sells the firearm and ammunition for the other.
"This is a semi-automatic hunting rifle," said Leaf River Sports, Gun Sales Associate, Zachary Downs.
Downs says there a few requirements to purchasing a gun in Mississippi.
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The idea that all guns need to be registered is a myth promoted by the "progressive" MSM.
In Arizona, if some armed robber holds up a demure lady cashier, arriving on scene the police are as likely as not to say, “Ewww. What got this guy? Aliens? Zombies?”
Unfortunately, in this case, the cashier fell prey to the mistaken idea that guns magically impart control and dominance to their owner, and compliance from those the gun is pointed at.
Most any street cop will tell you that far too often is so out of it they won’t even see the gun in your hand, or care, because they want to wrestle or MMA you.
This is why cops adore Tasers. Because it lets them say, “Bad Dog!” without killing or seriously injuring you.
The Massachusetts Dept. of Public Safety requires it as well. All firearms.
I see that you are correct.
Looking closely at the requirements, it appears that you have to have a license to possess or transfer all firearms, and that private and commercial transfers have to be reported.
However, it also appears that if you own the firearms before you move into the state, and they are non large capacity handguns, or rifles or shotguns, that you are only required to obtain the license to possess firearms, and are not required to register those firearms.
This is not absolutely clear, however, so anyone with expertise in Massachusetts firearms law, please enlighten us.
OK, I know I'm nitpicking, but this is my hometown TV station, and someone doesn't know how to use spell check on the computer! The correct spelling of the word is IMMINENT! If they got that quote in writing from Rigel, with the incorrect spelling, they should have used the 'sic' term, to denote that.
I thought you had to register shotguns and rifles in MA, as well, if you bring them in from out of state.
And why would any sane person want to move here in the first place? I'm trying to get the hell out.