Mississippi Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Mississippi.

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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.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in Mississippi

To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be a Mississippi resident for at least 12 months (this requirement is waived if you have a valid permit from another state, you are an active military member stationed in Mississippi, or are a retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in Mississippi), and
  • desire a legal means to defend yourself.

Additionally you must NOT:

  • be a convicted felon
  • be a fugitive from justice
  • suffer from any physical infirmity that prevents safe handling of a firearm
  • suffer from drug addiction, or have been committed for treatment of these conditions within the past three years
  • chronically use alcohol to the extent that your normal facilities are impaired, have been committed to a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, or convicted of two or more offenses related to alcohol in the last three years
  • have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or restored to capacity by court order within the last five years
  • have been committed to a mental health institution or treatment facility within the past five years, or
  • be prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law.

(Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101.)

Does Mississippi Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

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.)

Getting Legal Help

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.

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