Enhanced Carry Permit Class
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About the Mississippi Enhanced Carry Permit.
To obtain the enhanced permit endorsement, a current permit holder or first-time applicant of the MS concealed permit needs to take a course (what we call the "enhanced carry permit course") from a Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Certified Enhanced Permit Instructor. This is the class we offer here at Close Quarter Combat, LLC.
Unfortunately, there are no clear standards of training regulated by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Brothers N Arms, LLC and Close Quarter Combat, LLC, recognized that problem immediately and responded by developing a standard of training that is second to none! Our mission is to provide superior quality firearms training, instruction, and education to law-abiding citizens. When you take an Enhanced Carry Class with us at our range in Hattiesburg, MS, you can rest assured that you will get the education and training that you need to feel confident when carrying a concealed pistol, revolver, or stun gun.
About the Mississippi Enhanced Carry Permit Class
The Mississippi "Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit Class" is the class that is required by the State of Mississippi, according to the law in 97-37-7 (2), for individuals to receive their "Enhanced Carry" Firearms Permit. Having the "Enhanced Carry" Firearms Permit allows the individual to carry a concealed handgun, revolver, or stun gun in places that are off-limits to those without the "Enhanced Concealed Carry" Firearms Permit.
There is no extra fee or other paperwork required to obtain the enhanced status other than submitting proof of class completion which is accomplished by showing the certificate that you will receive after completing the class.
With the standard Mississippi concealed carry permit, it is a crime to carry a gun into any of the following places in Mississippi:
any place of nuisance as defined in Section 95-3-1, Mississippi Code of 1972;
any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
any detention facility, prison or jail; any courthouse; any courtroom, except that nothing in this section shall preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his courtroom;
any polling place; any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;
any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;
any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
any portion of an establishment, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, that is primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages; any portion of an establishment in which beer or light wine is consumed on the premises, that is primarily devoted to such purpose;
any elementary or secondary school facility; any junior college, community college, college, or university facility unless for the purpose of participating in any authorized firearms-related activity;
inside the passenger terminal of any airport, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal if the firearm is encased for shipment, for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft;
any church or other place of worship; or any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.
In addition to the places enumerated in this subsection, the carrying of a stun gun, concealed pistol, or revolver may be disallowed in any place in the discretion of the person or entity exercising control over the physical location of such place by the placing of a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten (10) feet that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.”
No license issued pursuant to this section shall authorize the participants in a parade or demonstration for which a permit is required to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol, or revolver.
Once you have obtained the enhanced endorsement for your Mississippi concealed carry permit, the above-listed restrictions are removed except for the following:
Police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
Prisons or jails
Courtrooms where the court is in session (the rest of the courthouse is OK)
Any location prohibited by federal statute
Any place of nuisance as defined in Section 95-3-1
What to Expect from the enhanced carry class
The Instructor and Teaching Methods
The Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit Course is taught by Instructor Joseph Green. The course is taught using the latest technology and teaching methods and is designed to maximize the student's learning. We now offer a distance learning online option for students needing the flexibility to be able to complete the enhanced concealed carry permit course. The online enhanced carry permit course can be found >HERE<. You will need to register and then begin following the lessons by watching all the videos and reading all the provided materials. ATTENTION, you will still need to schedule the in-person practical shooting portion. All training is done in an intimidation free training environment that encourages all students to freely interact without fear of judgment or criticism. Instructor Joseph Green continually receives the highest ratings from both male and female students and from both experienced shooters and inexperienced shooters alike.
The enhanced carry class is an 8+ hour course. We can break the course up into two days, but our most common way is to conduct the course in one day. The enhanced carry classes consist of a classroom portion and a practical portion. Both parts of the enhanced carry class are conducted on our premier shooting range conveniently located on Hwy 49 in Hattiesburg, MS. Topics covered in the enhanced carry permit class include safe handling of pistols and revolvers, shooting fundamentals and marksmanship, defensive shooting concepts, Mississippi laws specific to concealed carry of guns, use of defensive force, and more.
Once you have successfully completed the enhanced carry class, you will have satisfied the requirements established by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and will be eligible for your enhanced carry permit. You will receive an official Mississippi Department of Public Safety approved certificate from us that you will then take to the nearest Mississippi Department of Public Safety substation that handles firearms permits. You do not need a Mississippi Firearms Permit prior to class.
The range portion of our enhanced carry class consists of a thorough review of safe gun handling procedures, shooting fundamentals, and other pertinent information covered in the classroom portion of the course.
The live-fire drills will be performed from various yardage. The drills performed are designed in a way to ensure that you use proper pistol shooting fundamentals and to demonstrate proficiency with your handgun. You will also shoot a qualification course of fire that will be scored on a point system. You will leave the range portion of our training with confidence in your ability to safely handle and use a handgun!
Enhanced Carry Permit Class – What to do after class
Once you have completed the enhanced carry class, you will receive a “Certified Firearms Training Program” certificate from your instructor from the MS Department of Public Safety. You will take your certificate to one of the highway patrol locations that handle firearms permits and they will print out a new permit that states "Instructor Certified" if you already have a concealed carry firearms permit. Otherwise, you will go through the entire concealed carry permit process and when you get your permit it will have the “Instructor Certified” printed on it. For your convenience, our certified instructors help you find not only the highway patrol office you will need to go to but also the dates and times they are open. Your Enhanced Carry endorsement does NOT EXPIRE, but the permit itself will need to be renewed every five years.
Mississippi State Firearms Permit Division
During the 1990 session, the Mississippi Legislature passed legislation authorizing the Department of Public Safety to issue statewide firearm permits to individuals who make the application and pay a fee. All original permits are issued from the Headquarters Firearm Permit Division. Renewal permits are issued from district driver’s license substations as long as there is no problem with the renewal that must be addressed by the Headquarters Firearm Permit Division. If you want to visit the State website to learn more about the Mississippi firearm permit or obtain the firearm permit application, click >HERE<.
Additional Concealed Carry Resources
Attorney General Opinions on Concealed Carry
The MS Attorney General provides opinions on legal matter in the State. Follow the links below to read the Attorney General opinions for concealed carry. Check out the opinion on carrying concealed weapons into your place of employment <HERE>. For opinions on carrying concealed in a school district check out <HERE>. Check out all of the Attorney General opinions for concealed carry <HERE>.