MISSISSIPPI GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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Mississippi Firearm Permit

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a permit;

  1. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  2. Fill out all parts of the application.
  3. You will now need to get the application notarized.
  4. You will need two forms of ID and one must be a photo ID, here’s a few examples; (more are listed on the DPS website)
    • Drivers License
    • State ID card
    • Birth certificate
    • Social security card
  5. You must have a photo attached to the application that fits in the box on page 12.
  6. Now take the application to the Department of Public Safety or a Highway Patrol substation.
  7. Your fingerprints will be taken, then its just a waiting game.
  8. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Concealed Firearm Permit application

RENEWALS

  • Renewal packets are mailed out 90 days before the permits expiration date.
  • Renewal applications can be mailed in.
  • The application must be notarized and have a photo attached.
  • Every 10 years the applicant must appear in person.
  • A cashiers check for the exact amount must accompany the application.

RENEWAL FORMS
A new permit application form is used. You just need to mark the renewal check box.

Mailing address
Firearm Permit Division
P.O. Box 958 Jackson,
MS 39205

LICENSE FEE’S

New Permits
$112

Renewal
$82

Accepted forms of payment
Cash, Cashiers check, Credit card, Debit card

NOTE
There is a $15 late fee for expired permits.

QUICK FACTS

Carry In VehicleYES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information


Mississippi gun laws operate on an "Unrestricted" and "Shall Issue" policy, the later being for reciprocity. It’s important to note that to carry without a permit the firearm must be in a holster, purse, or briefcase. Permits are not issued to non-residents and a minimum 1 year of residency is required for residents. Applications are processed on the state level by the Department of Public Safety. There is also an enhanced permit available if you attend additional classes.

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CCW Reciprocity Map

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CCW permit recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permit only
  • Enhanced permit only
  • Issuing state


RESIDENT
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

NON-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

Permitless Carry


Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

NO PERMIT REQUIRED

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • 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.

Details on Mississippi Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety and Highway Patrol substations.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
“NO” – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Mississippi gun laws 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.
YES
Mississippi gun laws give “No Weapons” signs force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

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.

YES – Without a Permit/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.
YES – Without a Permit/License
You can open carry in Mississippi without any type of permit/license.
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.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s (only during hunting season, maximum caliber .22) and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch


Mississippi Department of Public Safety Headquarters

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 1900 East Woodrow Wilson Avenue

CityJackson, MS 39216

Phone (601) 987-1268

Email ameeks@dps.ms.gov

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