Summary of Mississippi Gun Laws

Mississippi is a shall-issue, constitutional carry state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. A background check is required if purchasing a handgun from a Federal Firearms Dealer. 

Open carry is legal in Mississippi for anyone at least 18 years of age who can legally possess a firearm with several restrictions, including that the firearm be carried in a holster, sheath or scabbard that is at least partially visible above clothing anywhere where guns are not otherwise prohibited. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and bars.

 

Concealed carry is legal without a permit for anyone who can legally possess a firearm as long as the handgun is carried in a holster or sheath. Mississippi statutes don’t address the minimum age for permitless concealed carry. For reciprocity reasons, two types of permits are still available at the state level: the Standard Firearms Permit (SFP) and an enhanced version (E-SFP), which allows carry in more locations. A permit applicant must be 21 years old (or at least 18 and a member or the military or a veteran) and either be a resident of Mississippi, a non-resident with a valid permit from another state, active duty member of the military stationed in Mississippi or be a retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in the state. The E-SFP requires a firearms training course offered by an instructor certified by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. In terms of reciprocity, since Mississippi has permitless carry, any person who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

Mississippi is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law. A person who is not the initial aggressor and is not engaged in unlawful activity shall have no duty to retreat before using deadly force if the person is in a place where the person has a right to be. The statute provides that a person acting in justifiable self-defense shall have similar presumptions in civil cases and is immune from civil suits if found “not guilty” in criminal proceedings. 

Mississippi Gun Laws at a Glance

 
CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY?

Does Mississippi allow constitutional carry?

Yes. Mississippi allows constitutional carry. A license 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 prohibited location.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(24)]

OPEN CARRY PERMITTED?

Is open carry permitted in Mississippi?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(24)]

[Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-1(4)]

GUN PERMIT LICENSURE?

If Mississippi requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Mississippi is a shall issue state.

MINIMUM AGE FOR CONCEALED CARRY?

What is the minimum age in Mississippi to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age for permitless concealed carry isn't addressed in Mississippi statutes. However, standard and enhanced firearms permits are issued to applicants that qualify and are a minimum of 21 years old or at least 18 and a member of the military or a military veteran.

WEAPONS OTHER THAN HANDGUNS ALLOWED?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Mississippi with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

Yes. You can carry a stun gun or a concealed handgun with a Mississippi concealed carry permit.

TASERS OR STUN GUNS?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Mississippi?

Yes. A concealed carry permit is required to purchase or possess a stun gun or Taser. The same areas that are off-limits for concealed handguns apply to carrying stun guns.

[§ 45-9-101]

CHEMICAL SPRAY/PEPPER SPRAY?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Mississippi?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Mississippi.

NON-RESIDENT PERMITTING?

Does Mississippi issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Standard permits are available to non-residents. The applicant must have a valid permit from another state, be active duty member of the military stationed in Mississippi or be a retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in the state. If the applicant is a member of the military between the ages of 18 and 21, he/she must have a valid Mississippi driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety.

[Miss. Code § 45-9-101]

PUBLIC ACCESS TO CONCEALED CARRY REGISTRY?

Does Mississippi allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. However, the information is available for law enforcement.

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