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Mississippi Gun Laws: What You Should Know


As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

Mississippi gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Mississippi gun laws. (Not from Mississippi? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state.)

Is It Legal to Carry a Gun in Your Car in Mississippi?

Yes, without a permit for anyone not otherwise prohibited from possessing a handgun. A handgun may be carried upon the person if it is in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster; in a purse, handbag, satchel or other similar bag; or in a briefcase or fully enclosed case.

Is Mississippi an Open Carry State?

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

Can You Carry a Gun in a Casino in Mississippi?

Although casinos are not included in the off-limits locations in Mississippi Code Annotated § 97, private premises may be posted “Carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.” In addition, any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, with such being the primary function, is off-limits in Mississippi.

Can I Conceal Carry in Mississippi Without a Permit?

Yes. 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, although the minimum federal age is 18 years old.

Do You Have to Register Your Gun in Mississippi?

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

Is Mississippi a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Yes. 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.

How Much Is a Gun Permit in Mississippi?

An applicant for a Mississippi Standard Firearms Permit (SFP) or an enhanced version (E-SFP) must be a resident of Mississippi and a minimum of 21 years old or at least 18 and a member or the military or a veteran. The E-SFP requires a firearms training course offered by an instructor certified by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and allows carry in more locations and is only available to residents. The cost for an initial permit is $112, with renewal fees of $72 or $52 for individuals 65 or older.

Ready to Learn More About Mississippi Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Mississippi’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Mississippi gun laws page now…

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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