A Mississippi gas station found itself in the spotlight after photographs of a “shotgun booby trap” in the store surfaced on the internet.
The images below were taken by a visitor to the Clarke County gas station and shared on reddit, where it started a discussion on the legality of such traps.
After all, shotgun traps are commonly seen in television and film, such as one notorious scene the 2004 film Saw, but are they legal? According to one Mississippi lawyer, it may depend on whether the gun is loaded.
“Generally people don’t have a right to enter your business outside normal business hours and you can protect it with cameras, dogs, but anything that involves deadly force is definitely illegal,” attorney Alex Ignatiev told WDAM regarding an unmanned shotgun.