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I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Mississippi, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Based on our most recent research, the USCCA has identified just two states with statutes against carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask: California and Illinois (although sheriffs and county prosecutors in Illinois have made statements indicating that wearing a mask to protect others from COVID-19 while carrying a gun isn’t illegal as long as the wearer isn’t wearing the mask while committing a crime). Due to the large number of inquiries, some states have publicly addressed their laws regarding wearing masks actually refer to individuals concealing their identity with the intention to commit illegal acts or to specifically hide their identity, and do not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm. Although we have not conducted an exhaustive search, we found no statute in Mississippi addressing masks.

If you have further questions, we recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement office, or district attorney.

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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.

Self-Defense

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. 

Justifiable Homicide
Homicide may be justified in the following cases.

  • When committed by a person in resisting being killed, resisting a felony upon the person, or upon or in any dwelling, vehicle, place of business, place of employment or in the immediate premises thereof in which such person shall be.
  • When committed in the lawful defense of one’s own person or any other human being, where it is reasonable to believe the person was in imminent danger of a felony or great personal injury.

“Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind that has a roof over it, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, including a tent, that is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night, including any attached porch.

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. 

[Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-15]

Mississippi Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

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. While no permit is required for purchase, a concealed carry permit is required to carry a stun gun or Taser. The same areas that are off-limits for concealed handguns apply to carrying stun guns.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 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 Ann. § 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 handgun 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. Concealed carry is allowed at Mississippi roadside rest stops.

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?

Yes, for anyone not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm and not engaged in criminal activity.

[MDWFP Title 40-6-1.2(T)(1)]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, for anyone not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13)]

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Mississippi?

Private businesses may restrict or deny concealed carry on their premises. To ban firearms, a property owner must place written notice, clearly readable at a distance of not less than 10 feet, that says “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.” The individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

[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?

No. You are not required to notify an officer you are carrying concealed in Mississippi.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(1)(b)]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Mississippi have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. Mississippi does not have magazine capacity restrictions.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Mississippi have ammunition restrictions?

No. There are no ammunition restrictions in Mississippi.

"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. 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.”

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13)]

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. § 97-37-7(2)]

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 and 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. Mississippi does not have a red flag law.

Brandishing?

Does Mississippi state law define brandishing?

No. However, if any person, having or carrying any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon, shall, in the presence of another person, brandish or wield the same in a threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, or shall in any manner unlawfully use the same in any fight or quarrel they shall be guilty of a deadly weapons offense. In prosecutions under this section it shall not be necessary that any gun, pistol, or other firearm be loaded, or in condition to be discharged.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-19]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

Does Mississippi have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

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.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Mississippi?

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in Mississippi.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Mississippi?

No. Private firearms transfers are not subject to a background check requirement, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions, including age restrictions, still apply. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Mississippi Permit Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Mississippi concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

Yes. License to carry concealed pistol or revolver issued to individuals under Miss. Stat. Ann. § 45-9-101 qualify. Security guard permits issued under Miss. Stat. Ann. §97-37-7 do not qualify.

Waiting Period?

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

No. There is no waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Mississippi.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Mississippi?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Mississippi.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Mississippi?

18 years old. A person may possess and transport a handgun in Mississippi if he or she is at least 18 years of age.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-14]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a permit?

Yes. Any person over the age of 18 and legally entitled to carry a firearm within the confines of his or her own home, place of business, on real property associated with the home or business or within any motor vehicle.

[Miss. Code. Ann. § 97-37-1(2)]

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Mississippi?

Yes. Anyone can open carry and concealed carry permit holders can conceal carry.

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Mississippi?

Yes. Anyone can open carry and concealed carry permit holders can conceal carry.

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Mississippi?

Yes. No person shall intentionally:

  • Interfere with or attempt to prevent the lawful taking of wildlife by another;
  • Attempt to disturb wildlife, or attempt to affect their behavior with the intent to prevent their lawful taking by another; or
  • Harass another person who is engaged in the lawful taking of wildlife or in the preparation for such taking.

[Miss. Code Ann. § 49-7-147]

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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, § 12

Mississippi Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Mississippi honor?

Alabama (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Arizona (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
California (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Colorado (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Connecticut (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Delaware (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
District of Columbia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Florida (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Georgia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Hawaii (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Illinois (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Iowa (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Louisiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Maine (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Maryland (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Massachusetts (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Michigan (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Minnesota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Nebraska (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Nevada (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Jersey (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Mexico (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New York (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New York City (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
North Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
North Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Ohio (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Oregon (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Pennsylvania (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Rhode Island (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Carolina (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Texas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Utah (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Virginia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Washington (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Wisconsin (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Puerto Rico (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

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. All valid out-of-state weapons permits are recognized by Mississippi, regardless of the age of the permit holder. 


Other States' Reciprocity With Mississippi

Which states honor permits from Mississippi?

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

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 Mississippi.

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

Mississippi offers resident and non-resident (military stationed in Mississippi and retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in the state) permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Mississippi resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Colorado (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Florida (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Maine (resident permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Nevada (Enhanced permits only)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
South Carolina (Enhanced permits only and at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

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.


Permitless Carry States

Alaska PC-21
Arkansas PC-18
Idaho PC-18
Kansas PC-21
Kentucky PC-21
Maine (permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details or PC-21)
Mississippi PC-18
North DakotaPC-18 for residents only
Oklahoma PC-21
VermontPC-18
Wyoming PC-21 for residents only

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

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old


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 (although this may be waived if the applicant possesses a valid permit from another state, is on active military duty and stationed in the state, or is a retired law enforcement officer residing in the state);
  • 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 must wait 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

Honorably retired law enforcement officers, disabled veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are exempt from the payment of the license fee. There will only be a $ 32.00 charge for the processing of fingerprints. 

Valid For:

5 years for initial permit

4 years for renewals

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Yes. Standard permits are available to non-residents that meet one of the following criteria. 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. Enhanced permits are only available to individuals who have been residents of the state for more than 12 months.

Enhanced Application:

For reciprocity reasons, two types of permits are 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.

With proper documentation, any member or veteran of any active or reserve component branch of the U.S. armed forces, honorably retired law enforcement officer or honorably retired veteran having completed law enforcement or combat training with pistols or other handguns may obtain an enhanced permit.

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.​​

Residency Changes:

Moving to Mississippi and interested in applying for a resident permit? How soon can you apply?
Mississippi issues standard permits to residents and non-residents, although enhanced permits are only issued to residents, so you can apply for your standard permit at any time. In order to apply for a standard resident permit, you may need to provide a Mississippi driver's license or state ID.

Moving from Mississippi and have a Mississippi resident permit? Does that permit transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Mississippi permit remains valid?
If a person with a Mississippi firearms permit establishes residency in another state, the permit may not be valid. Contact the Firearm Permit Unit for details.


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.

Exemptions – With proper documentation, any member or veteran of any active or reserve component branch of the U.S. armed forces, honorably retired law enforcement officer or honorably retired veteran having completed law enforcement or combat training with pistols or other handguns may be exempt from the training requirement for E-SFPs.

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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 or her 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 bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.
  • 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? No, except for a church's authorized armed security team.
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;
  • 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).

[Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13)]


FAQ: Mississippi Concealed Carry Questions

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 concealed carry any Bowie, dirk, butcher or switchblade knife unless it is in your home or place of business, in your vehicle or you are fishing, hunting or participating in some sporting activity in which it is common to use that type of knife. In addition, weapons are not permitted on “educational property,” which includes school buses.

[Miss. Code Ann. §§ 97-37-1, 97-37-17]


Mississippi Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-11-16

Added information on training exemption in the Training Section

2020-09-03

Added information on Self Defense in the Summary

2020-06-30

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-05-05

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-17

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-06

Added info on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-25

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-19

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-14

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-29

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-12-03

Removed age restrictions for out-of-state permit holders per 45-9-101(19)

2019-11-19

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-10-31

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-15

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-06

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-25

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-01

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-18

Links checked

2019-03-28

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

2019-03-11

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

2019-02-20

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

2019-02-15

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

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church carry info to location restrictions section

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-24

Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table

2019-01-15

Updated permitless carry minimum age info

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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