Lawsuit challenges Oxford gun range use

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A Lafayette County attorney is suing the Mississippi National Guard because it won’t let him use an Oxford gun firing range.
Michael R. Martz filed his legal complaint in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, saying he has attempted since 2009 to use the rifle range facility owned by the Guard and the city of Oxford.
Martz claims the Guard discriminates against him by denying him access to a facility paid by public funds, especially since it allows use by the University of Mississippi’s Women’s Rifle Team, 4-H youth and the Ole Miss Gun Safety Club.
He seeks an injunction requiring the Guard to make it available to him and anyone else having a problem gaining use. He also wants money damages and the court’s recognition to the right of “persons capable of bearing arms” to use all ranges built with public funds.