In Mississippi, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body, unless you are on your own property, or at your place of business. (Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101.)
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Mississippi.
To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at a Highway Patrol Substation. To qualify to receive a permit, you must:
Additionally you must NOT:
The Department of Public Safety has 45 days from the time of the application to either issue the license or deny the application based on the ground that the applicant fails to meet the requirements.
(Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101.)
Yes. Mississippi recognizes valid concealed handgun permits from other states that recognize Mississippi permits. If you have a license from a reciprocal state, and you are not a Mississippi resident, your license is valid in Mississippi. If you are a Mississippi resident (or become one), you must apply for a Mississippi permit.
Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License
Penalties for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit in Mississippi include a fine of at least $100 (and up to $500), up to six months in jail, or both. A second conviction can incur at least 30 days (and up to six months) in jail, or both; and a third or subsequent offense incurs at least one year (and up to five years) in prison. (Miss. Ann. Code § 97-37-1.)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Mississippi, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.