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Mississippi Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/24/2019
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Summary of Mississippi Gun Laws

Mississippi is a shall-issue 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. 

Open carry is legal in Mississippi 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. The minimum age is 18 years old. 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. Permit applicants must be residents 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. In terms of reciprocity, since Mississippi has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older 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. 

47k
Permits Issued
3M
State Population
1.56%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
35
Reciprocating States.
21
Minimum Age to CC

Mississippi Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Mississippi allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

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?

Shall issue.

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

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Mississippi issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. The residency requirement may be waived if the applicant possesses a valid permit from another state, is active military personnel stationed in Mississippi, or is a retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in the state. The applicant 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.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle 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, other similar bag; or in a briefcase or fully enclosed case. [Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-1(2) & Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(24)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Mississippi?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Mississippi?

Yes, unless posted. [Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13)]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Mississippi have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

A public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting a person from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked vehicle in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area.  There are exceptions for secured parking lots and properties where firearms are prohibited.
 

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-55]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Mississippi?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Mississippi have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Mississippi have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Mississippi? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. Per Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101 Licensing Generally

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 10 feet that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.”

§ 97-37-7(2) All provisions of Mississippi enhanced carry law shall also be authorized to carry weapons in courthouses except in courtrooms during a judicial proceeding, and any location listed in subsection (13) of Section 45-9-101, except any place of nuisance as defined in Section 95-3-1, any police, sheriff or highway patrol station, or any detention facility, prison or jail.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13)]
Preemption?

Does Mississippi have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. However, local governments may regulate the discharge of firearms, the carrying of firearms at:

  • A public park or at a public meeting of a county, municipality or other governmental body;
  • A political rally, parade or official political meeting; or
  • A non-firearm-related school, college or professional athletic event.

Significant penalties can be levied against a public official who violates the state’s preemption law, including a personal fine of up to $1,000. The state also prohibits local funds from being used to defend the official and allows a prevailing plaintiff to recover attorney’s fees.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-51]

[Miss. Code Ann § 45-9-53(5)(c)]
Red Flag Law?

Does Mississippi have a red flag law?

No.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

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 [§ 45-9-101].


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
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."
Article 3 Section 12

Mississippi Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Mississippi honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (if at least 21 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (if at least 21 years old)
Georgia (if at least 21 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (if at least 21 years old)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (if at least 21 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 21 years old)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 21 years old)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 21 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (if at least 21 years old)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (if at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)

Since Mississippi has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.  All valid out-of-state weapons permits are recognized by Mississippi. 

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Other States' Reciprocity With Mississippi

Which states honor permits from Mississippi?

Mississippi residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Mississippi

Which states honor permits from Mississippi with restrictions?

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Nevada (Enhanced permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (Enhanced permits only and resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age or 18 if a member of the military;
  • Have been a resident of the state for more than 12 months;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony without having been pardoned;
  • Not be suffering from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
  • Have no violent misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years;
  • Not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent, or has waited 5 years from the date of his or her restoration of mental capacity by court order;
  • Not have been committed to a mental institution or mental health treatment facility, unless he or she possesses a certificate from a psychiatrist licensed in Mississippi stating that he or she has not suffered from disability for a period of 5 years;
  • Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not have had an adjudication of guilt withheld or imposition of sentence suspended on any felony unless 3 years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial Permit  $112

Renewals $72 or $52 for individuals 65 or older

Late renewal fee  $15

Valid For:

5 years for initial permit

4 years for renewals

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:

Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Mississippi doesn't issue permits to non-residents.

Enhanced Application:

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). The E-SFP allows carry in more locations and is only available to residents. It requires a training course offered by an instructor certified by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Name/Address Changes:

Within 30 days after the changing of a permanent address, you must notify the Department of Public Safety in writing. Be sure to include in your correspondence your name, permit number, old and new addresses, and a contact number in case of questions. The change of address should be mailed to:

Firearm Permit Unit 
P.O. Box 958 
Jackson, MS 39205-0958.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Within 30 days after having a permit lost or destroyed, you must notify the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in writing. A notarized Lost or Destroyed Permit Affidavit or notarized statement to DPS that the permit has been lost or destroyed is required. If your permit is lost or destroyed, you may obtain a duplicate for $15. Duplicates are done at the Firearm Permit Unit at DPS headquarters and at the substations according to their published schedule. 


Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Download the application.

Step 2:

Complete the application and have it notarized.

Step 3:

Take the notarized application to the Department of Public Safety or a Highway Patrol substation. You will also need:

  • Two forms of ID; and
  • A photo that fits in the box on Page 12 of the application.

Your fingerprints will be taken.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Mississippi

There is no requirement for standard firearms permit applicants to complete a handgun training course. Applicants for enhanced firearms permits must complete an 8-hour course on firearms safety taught by an enhanced permit certified firearm instructor.

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Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Renewal packages are mailed out 90 days before a permits expiry date. The licensee must renew his license on or before the expiration date by filing with the department the renewal form, a notarized affidavit stating that the licensee remains qualified. There is a late fee of $15 that can be payed for up to 6 months past the expiry date. Any permits expired for more than 6 months are marked as permanently expired and you will need to make a new application for a permit.

Step 2:

Download the application.

Step 3:

Complete the application and have it notarized.

Step 4:

Take the notarized application to the Department of Public Safety or a Highway Patrol substation or mail it to the address below. You will also need:

  • Two forms of ID; and
  • A photo that fits in the box on Page 12 of the application.

Renewals may be mailed in for the first renewal and then every other time of renewal. The applicant must appear in person every 10 years for the purpose of obtaining a new photograph. 

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

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Per Miss. Code Ann. § 45-1-101, retired LEOSA who don’t reside in convenient proximity to the law enforcement agency from which the officer retired, may obtain the necessary certification from the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.


Mississippi Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Mississippi?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes, 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.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Mississippi?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

With standard firearm permit:

  • Any elementary or secondary school facility, junior college, community college, college or university facility;
  • School, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
  • Any courthouse;
  • Police, sheriff or highway patrol station;
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail;
  • Polling place;
  • Any place of nuisance as defined in [Miss. Code Ann. § 95-3-1];
  • Meeting of a government or legislative body;
  • Church or place of worship, except for a church’s authorized armed security team;
  • Premises posted “Carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited”;
  • Day use areas, campgrounds, and other developed recreational lands on Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA Property);
  • 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;
  • A parade or demonstration for which a permit is required to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver;
  • The passenger terminal of any airport, except if the firearm is encased for shipment; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

With enhanced firearm permit:

  • Educational property (one section of state law says an enhanced permit holder can carry on school, community college or university property, another says it’s illegal. An AG’s opinion from 2012 says campus carry is allowed for enhanced permit holders);
  • Police, sheriff or highway patrol station;
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail;
  • Courtrooms during a judicial proceeding;
  • Per a ruling by the 1st Circuit Court, as of March 14, 2019, guns will be prohibited in courthouses in the 1st circuit counties of Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo; 
  • Any place of nuisance as defined in [Miss. Code Ann. § 95-3-1];
  • Secured areas of airports;
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation; and
  • Premises posted “Carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited” (although not a violation of the concealed weapon statute, this may constitute trespassing).

FAQ: Mississippi Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Mississippi?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Mississippi?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Mississippi?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Mississippi?

No.

What are the knife laws in Mississippi?

It is legal to own any knife in Mississippi, unless you are a minor or have been convicted of a felony. Minors and felons may not own bowie, dirk, butcher or switchblade knives. You can open carry any knife in Mississippi. You may not conceal carry any bowie, dirk, butcher or switchblade knife unless it is: concealed in your vehicle and not on your person, or you are fishing, hunting or participating in some sporting activity in which it is common to use that type of knife.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in MS?

Not addressed in state statutes.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Mississippi Gun Laws


Mississippi Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

05/01/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/18/2019

Links checked

03/28/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

03/11/2019

Added 1st Circuit County Courthouses to the Where Can't I Carry section, based on a decision banning firearms in courthouses by 1st Circuit Court

02/20/2019

Added info and a link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

02/01/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/15/2019

Updated permitless carry minimum age info

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

11/26/2018

Added links

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Mississippi


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