MISSISSIPPI GUN LAWS
The Definitive Guide
The state of Mississippi now has very permissive gun laws. Being a constitutional carry state no permit is required to carry a firearm. However, for reciprocity reasons two types of permits are still available at the state level, the standard firearms permit and an enhanced version which allows carry in more locations. The enhanced permit is only available to residents. There is no requirement for firearm registration or back ground checks on private firearm sales.
Mississippi CCW Quick Facts
Mississippi CCW Reciprocity
How Reciprocity Works in Mississippi
All valid out-of-state weapons permits are recognized by Mississippi. This includes permits for stun guns, revolvers and concealed pistols. The Department of Public Safety can also enter into reciprocity agreements with other states if the other state requires a written agreement. Currently Mississippi has signed written agreements with;
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
Mississippi Reciprocity State's
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, WyomingNON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia
South Carolina - Will only accept MS resident and enhanced permits.
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Firearms permit Overview
Although no permit is required to carry in Mississippi the state still offers two types of permits, a standard firearms permit and also an enhanced permit if you wish to gain a few more carry options.
- Standard Permit - Useful for out-of-state travel and available to residents and non-residents.
- Enhanced Permit - Allows holders to carry in off-limit areas but not a police, sheriff or highway patrol station, or jail, prison or detention center. Your permit will be endorsed on the back as ENHANCED and the endorsement is valid indefinitely. Only available to Mississippi residents.
The state of Mississippi will issue standard permits to non-residents but not the enhanced version. Applicants must meet the following criteria;
- The applicant has a valid CCW permit from another state or;
- is a retired law enforcement officer who is going to reside in Mississippi or;
- is active military personnel stationed in Mississippi.
Further requirements are;
- The applicant is a least 21 years old or older.
- If between the age of 18-21 years old they are in the military and hold a valid Mississippi drivers license or ID card endorsed as VETERAN.
There is no requirement for standard firearms permit applicants to complete a handgun training course in Mississippi unless they opt to apply for the enhanced permit version. The trainer must be certified by an organization that regularly offers firearms training and the trainee must complete an 8 hour course on firearm safety.
Once the course is completed the instructor will issue a Mississippi Department of Safety approved certificate. You must then present the certificate to any permit issuing authority who will then endorse your firearms permit, there is no fee to have your permit endorsed.
View a list of certified instructors.
- Mississippi Firearm Permit Requirements
- Mississippi Firearm Permit Application
- Mississippi Firearm Permit Renewal
- Mississippi Firearm Permit Fee's
- Must be at least 21 years of age or 18 if a member of the military.
- Applicant must have been a resident of the state for over 12 months
- Not suffering from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a handgun
- No violent misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years
- Desires a legal means to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver to defend himself.
- Does not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired.
- Has not had adjudication of guilt withheld or imposition of sentence suspended on any felony unless three (3) years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled
- Federal Law - Prohibits the following persons
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Mississippi: Places Off-Limits for CCW
Places Off-Limits in Mississippi
- Any courthouse
- Police, sheriff or highway patrol station
- Any detention facility, prison or jail
- Polling place
- Meeting of a government or legislative body
- Any elementary or secondary school facility; any junior college, community college, college or university facility
- School, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
- Church or place of worship
- Premises posted “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited”
- Establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
- The passenger terminal of any airport, except if the firearm is encased for shipment
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Places Allowed in Mississippi
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state - except those listed as off limits
Pointers: Mississippi Gun Laws
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Mississippi Concealed Carry Laws
Mississippi Gun Laws To Know
YES - Without a licenseA permit is not required for a loaded or unloaded handgun to be carried within a vehicle if it is in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.
NO - Must Inform Officer
There is nothing in Mississippi gun law that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.
The law requires that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.The Law
YES - Without a license
You can open carry in Mississippi without any type of permit. Places listed as "Off Limits" still apply to those that open carry.
Non Enhanced permit - YES
Enhanced permit - YES/NO? see Attorney Generals opinion
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
You are permitted to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES - 45.9.101
- State/National Forests: ? Nothing to say carry is allowed
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES - WMA regulations
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
"Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.The Law
No permits are required to carry a firearm in Mississippi making it a constitutional carry state.
"The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons."
(Art. III, Section 12)
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Mississippi CCW Contact
Highway Patrol Headquarters
Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Address 1900 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.
CityJackson, MS 39205
Phone (601) 987-1268