She’s In Jail Because Gun Inside Purse Went Off

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Bob Irwin

USA –-( USA Today reports on 05-26-2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, Story Headline “She’s in jail after dropping purse — because gun inside it went off”

A 58 year old woman from Philadelphia, Mississippi was in Lakeland Family Medicine Center on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus Thursday when she had a mishap.

The woman dropped her purse and the gun inside it discharged. Another woman waiting in a doctor’s office was wounded by the bullet. An ambulance transported the victim, whose name was not released, to the nearby hospital’s emergency room. Her wound to the leg is not believed to be life threatening.

Mississippi has one of the most permissive gun laws across the USA, allowing a person “constitutional carry” privileges of having a concealed firearm without a state-issued permit. However, the building where the incident occurred had signs outside forbidding firearms on the premises.

She was charged with three misdemeanors – possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and simple assault according to the jail website. Campus police arrested the “shooter” and booked her into the Hinds County Detention Center.


Only main stream left media would present such a story as a firearm issue. Another victim shot in a gun accident?

Later in my paraphrased story above, U S News points out the woman’s a prohibited felon with a stolen firearm. No doubt the facility was also a posted “Gun Free Zone

Typical of anti gun media. Just reading the headline by this reporter, Harold Gater, and you would think it was a careless gun owner, instead of a convicted felon…

Just read the headlines and you think it was a careless gun owner, instead of a convicted felon! What kind of gun fires inside a dropped purse anyway? Makes me think there is more to the story.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.

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FWIW…I attended a military school in NC from 10-12 grades. part of the JRROTC course was firing and accuracy with a .22 LR caliber marksman’s rifle, and we also learned to disassemble and reassemble a M14 rifle blindfolded. And of course “gun Safety” was taught too. Although I already was knowledgable and good firing rifles/shotguns, there were many who took the classes who were not, and they learned gun safety among the rest of it. I agree that classes on how to handle, and how to be a good shot, along with gun safety should be taught before students leave… Read more »

Big Bill

Quick Google search on her name shows she wasn’t a felon up to this point in her life, the handgun (a derringer) was stolen, and she was in a building marked as no guns allowed.
The carrying in a gun-free zone is a federal offense, and a felony, and she is being charged by the feds.
Again, that’s from a Google search.


Ok, here’s a much more complete account. Get your facts straight, Bob.

She can’t be a felon and an Enhanced Carry Permit holder. She is, however, charged with a felony so she may lose it soon.


Clearly, there is an opportunity here – from this story – for widespread education around gun-safety. Gun-safety training isn’t just for OFWGs who hunt or target shoot anymore. We have to acknowledge that just about anyone in America: man, woman or child; marksman, hunter, or non-gun-owner; law-abiding or criminal; literate or illiterate – can come into contact with a gun. It doesn’t matter if deliberate or inadvertently. Congress has the authority to “prescribe” the “discipline” for the “militia”. It ought to exercise that authority by conditioning all Federal payments to public schools to require a mandatory gun-safety program in their… Read more »


Spoken like a true progressive: “If you don’t agree with me then you are stupid.”

Face it, Einstein, you aren’t the last word on gun safety or how it can be communicated effectively. But, like your progressive brethern, you ALWAYS turn to the government to force your opinion on everyone else. Golf Foxtrot Yankee.

Wild Bill

@MarkPA, You answer your own questions and then take the answers as proof? Note to clerk typist: please place appropriate insult about his education here, and be inventive.


@JDL & @Wild Bill. I take it that neither of you are far-sighted enough to get my point. So, I’ll spell it out for you. I’m not – in any respect whatsoever – Progressive. As much as I wish to coerce the world to receive the lessons I would like to teach them, I am constrained. I can’t – in good conscious – invoke the power of the Federal government to teach anything – with one apparent exception. It is an enumerated power of Congress to “prescribe” the “discipline” of the “militia”. And, a duty of the States to “train”… Read more »


You mean the Diploma he got at the back of the local Sears store (the one that cost him a quarter for the xerox paper)? THAT “education”?


There’s nothing in the referenced article about her being a felon. I checked all the links and couldn’t find anything. What’s the deal?

Roy D.

Another stupid person with a gun. There are plenty of them out there.


Well… either stupid or simply careless. Of course, judging by the results, those are identical…


Don’t quite get the felon with the gun. But I do agree with Ron about the usual B.S. reporting by the liberal reporting. Also the stolen gun also.

Jim s

So in Mississippi you can be a felon with a stolen firearm and its a misdemeanor?

John Paxton

I am local, it was .22 derringer.

Jim Macklin

They are not safe. The old Remington design in particular. The guns with a cross bolt safety are OK IF you don’t play with it.

I wonder if she dropped in teh holster or was “playing” with it and dropped it when she pulled the trigger?


Most likely, it was cocked in the purse and the trigger got bumped when the purse was dropped.

Jim Macklin

A 1911 dropped at least 8 feet that lands muzzle down on concrete might go bang. Not likely in a purse.

More likely some 1950s striker fired 25 auto with a weak sear. Or perhaps a single action Colt that landed on the hammer at rest on teh primer. Such guns be it Colt or Ruger, without a transfer bar must be carried hammer down on an empty chamber.

Stolen gun, whether the woman was a felon or not, she would eb a felon for possessing a stolen gun.


She was locally reported to have a MS “enhanced” carry permit, which they don’t issue to felons. There’s likely more to the story.


She shouldn’t have had the handgun. Felon
Gun shouldn’t have been there. Stolen
Gun shouldn’t have been there. Restricted location
Misdemeanors? Ok……..


Criminals don’t give a hoot about anyone else’s safety. Why would this convicted felon be careful?


Could have been an 1911 style pistol with 1 in the pipe with the hammer down.


The gun in the purse is not the point of the story. The biased and deceptive reporting of the incident by the liberal reporter is.

Kevin Crystal

Could have been in the purse without a holster. Lipstick, a pen, etc. in the trigger guard could have pulled the trigger.


I whole hardly agree with MarkPA it’s a great idea. Change the thought process now. I don’t see what you guys have an issue with. The idea of teaching students about guns before learning it from the news. Think of what MarkPA is stating. It’s very well thought out. Train the young minds so they can see guns are not evil. Just your anti gun trolls that talk about stupid gun owners. The ones that would hide behind an old lady with gun because they won’t have enough snowflakes to throw at the bad guys