The Definitive Guide

This guide has everything you need to know about gun laws in Mississippi.

So if you want to stay safe and not break any laws you are in the right place.

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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

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Gun Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry YES
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Mississippi CCW Reciprocity

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  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • MS Res. permit only
  • MS Enhanced only
  • Issuing state

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, Wyoming


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

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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

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California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia


Nevada - Will only accept the MS enhanced permit.
South Carolina - Will only accept MS resident and enhanced permits.
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Mississippi CCW Permit

Mississippi Issue Policy

Unrestricted, Shall Issue

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Residents, Non-Residents

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.

Non-Resident Licenses

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.

Handgun Training

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.


  • 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 CCW Forms

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Mississippi: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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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.


Enhanced permit holders can carry in off-limit areas with the exception of police, sheriff or highway patrol stations or a jail, prison or detention center. See the full list below.

Places Allowed in Mississippi

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state - except those listed as off limits

Pointers: Mississippi Gun Laws

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Open carry in Mississippi

Mississippi Concealed Carry Laws

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Mississippi Gun Laws To Know

YES - Without a license
A 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)


Mississippi Off-Limit Statutes

Other Mississippi Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

History Of Mississippi Gun Laws

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Learn Mississippi Gun History


Enhanced carry permit created allowing carry in off limit areas. A person needs to complete an 8 hour training course to obtain the enhancement.


Law clarifies that open carry of a firearm is allowed in public by the Mississippi Constitution.


Law is enacted that allows a person to challenge local authorities that adopt firearm regulations that are more restrictive than those under state gun laws.


Purse carry is signed into law. The law allows handguns to be carried without a permit in a purse, satchel, brief case or bag.


Mississippi becomes a constitutional carry state. No permit is required to carry a concealed firearm. Although the law states the firearm must be in a holster or sheath.

Mississippi CCW FAQ's

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Mississippi CCW Contact

Highway Patrol Headquarters


Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1900 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.

CityJackson, MS 39205

Phone (601) 987-1268

Updates & Data Sources


The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.


  1. Two questions. Can I transport my pistol across state lines? Next question is can I really conceal carry without a permit? Legal resident well over 21 and no trouble with the law. Also military although not sure that helps.

  2. So, I’m 18, have been in Mississippi for the last 5 years, have no problems with the law, or any mental or physical health defects– am I able to purchase a handgun such as a Glock or a M17?

  3. Sooooo if I’m traveling in my car with a gun do I have to have it unloaded with the gun in one place and the magazine in a different area? If the police pull me over and see it’s loaded will I get arrested?

  4. Just moved, have an out-of-state ID, can I buy a shotgun? Well over 21 and no problems with the law.

    1. Depends on what kind ! Rifle for hunting yes but not a hand hun like pistols ! U have to be 21 yrs of age

      1. That’s not true Kimberly. You need only to be 18.

        Deadly weapons; carrying while concealed; use or attempt to use; penalties; “concealed” defined

        (2) It shall not be a violation of this section for any person over the age of eighteen (18) years to carry a firearm or deadly weapon concealed within the confines of his own home or his place of business, or any real property associated with his home or business or within any motor vehicle.

        1. I’m trying to find out if I can open carry in Mississippi I’m a resident of Louisana 69 years old and cannot deer fend myself like I use to I hunt in Mississippi and there every weekend for 3 days at a time and 2 weeks hunting

      2. That’s no correct. If he is carrying without a permit then he is legal. He must be 21 to apply for and obtain a permit.

  5. I have been denied a permit twice .how can I find out why???no felonies not crazy…

  6. If purchasing a gun from an individual how do I register the gun in my name and is it required or is having a bill of sale sufficient?

    1. Ashley,
      You do not have to register a firearm purchased as a private sell. MS is a non-register state.

  7. Let’s say for instance I’m walking down a sidewalk in a public place with an open carry firearm. Can the police stop and ask me for my I’D ?

  8. So, say I want a gun. I’ve no felonies, no arrest record period actually. Can I just buy it? Or do I have to get a permit first? Do I even need a permit at all if it’s legal to carry it openly anyway? Well over 21 by the way so there shouldn’t be any legal concerns. Thanks

    1. If private sale you don’t even need an ID. If from a licensed dealer or gun show just and ID for the background check.

  9. Can a felon in Mississippi own and carry a shotgun on his farm?

    1. No. No convicted felon can be in possession of any firearm at anytime no matter where they are.

  10. Mississippi honors all conceal carry permits from all states. I noticed there was a typo under one section that stated we only honor 34 states. That is incorrect.

    1. Actually in the state of Mississippi we accept all permits. 34 states accept our permit. California, New York, Ect. Do not.

  11. If I am not a resident of Mississippi, can I buy a gun at a Miss gun show and have it shipped to my state of residence?
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    1. You can purchase hunting guns rifles and shotguns but no handguns may be purchased from out of state residents. As for shipping it will have to go to a licensed firearm retailer to be able to ship it.

  12. I have not found anything on magazine limits, so I take it that there are no magazine limits in the state? I am a current Colorado resident and am looking at moving to the area and want to know a little more about all current firearm laws.

  13. So, to be clear, I am 17 and part of the army. When I reach the age of 18, I am leagally allowed to purchase and conceal carry a pistol?

    1. Im in the navy and 19 i carry. Yes yoy carry no you cant purchase federal law states 21 to purchase the hand would have to be gifted to you

  14. “2016
    Mississippi becomes a constitutional carry state. No permit is required to carry a concealed firearm. Although the law states the firearm must be in a holster or sheath.”

    I’m confused. This looks like I can carry concealed without a permit. I know about the open carry but in the winter that is difficult due to coats/ jackets etc. I’m new {under 6 months} to the area and last week found myself in an area where I felt extremely uncomfortable. My question is, can I really carry concealed without a permit?

    1. Author

      Yes you can, here is the law:
      § 45-9-101
      (24) A license under this section is not required for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver to be carried
      upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other
      similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case if the person is not engaged in criminal activity other than a
      misdemeanor traffic offense, is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol or revolver under state or
      federal law, and is not in a location prohibited under subsection (13) of this section.

  15. Is “printing”, the showing of a firearm under clothes, allowed if the carrier has a permit or enhanced permit?

  16. I was divorced in 2008 and my ex wife claimed domestic violence and got a restraining order against me. I went to trial and was found not guilty by judge and ex wife was charged for perjury filing false case against me. Does any laws prohibit me from buying firearms now ? At the time I was married I had a collection of guns and a ccw permit , but sold all my firearms to keep the ex from getting anything in the divorce . So can I buy firearms now ?

    1. Author

      I cannot see any grounds to deny you buying firearms. There maybe something on the computers about your past restraining order that may need to be cleared up. Only way to find out is to try and see what happens.

  17. So I’ve been looking at the gun laws in the state…. and I’m just wondering, since I’m over the age of 18 ( I’m 19) can I open carry / conceal? I’ve been studying the gun laws down here, and since it’s a “ Consitutional Carry “ State now, and a CCW is no longer require, I’m just wondering if it’s true that I can open and conceal at 19? Only law I’ve seen about that is “ anybody 18 or below cannot carry unless on property “ and the law also states anybody over the age of 18 can have a pistol in a vehicle and also have it in a holster or have it out in my place in business. Can anybody help me out ?

    1. At 18 you can open carry. You can not conceal carry until you are 21.

      1. NOT TRUE.you can NOT carry a hand gun until you are 21 years old.you can NOT even buy ammo for a hand gun until you are 21.you can buy a long gun at 18 ane ammo for it

          1. Author

            Mississippi 18 Y/O § 97-37-14
            This is the minimum age for possessing and transporting a handgun unloaded and secured in a vehicle without any type of permit/license to carry firearms.

            § 97-37-14. Possession of handgun by minor; act of delinquency; exceptions
            MS – Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-14

            (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is an act of delinquency for any person who has not attained the age of eighteen (18) years knowingly to have any handgun in such person’s possession. (2) This section shall not apply to: (a) Any person who is: (i) In attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety course; or (ii) Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located or any …

        1. Just for anyone who stumbles upon this. This statement is absolutely not true. You have to be 18 to carry a pistol. You can not buy a pistol until you are 21, but you can be given and carry a pistol. It’s quite clearly (for legalese anyway) stated in the statutes.

  18. What States approves Mississippi enhanced gun permit carry?

    1. Author

      If you look on the map you will see that NV and SC will only accept an enhanced permit. All the blue colored states should also accept it.

  19. If I am not a resident of Mississippi, can I buy a gun at a Miss gun show and have it shipped to my state of residence?

    1. You can buy it must be shipped to a licensed FFL dealer in your state.

  20. Previous carry applications notes a reduced fee for seniors. If true. What is that fee?

    1. In 2014 my wife and I were both over 65 and we had to pay the full price.

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