Mississippi Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong gunsHandgunsRelevant statutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Assault weapon law?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
Permit required for concealed carry?N/ANoCode Sections 95-3-1, 45-9-101, 97-37-7, House Bill 506 of the 2011 Mississippi LegislatureAs of July 1, 2015 the concealed carry law was amended to say “no license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.”[82]On April 15, 2016, the law was further expanded to include belt and shoulder holsters and sheaths.[83][84] This effectively allows for constitutional carry in Mississippi. However, some forms of concealed carrying would still require a permit (e.g. concealed without a holster, or concealed in an ankle holster).Licenses still available on a shall-issue basis, issued within 45 days. The license is valid for five years. An enhanced license allows for carrying at public universities and other places.Concealed carry is not allowed in a regular public 1–12 school, courthouse, police station, detention facility, government meeting place, polling place, establishment primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages, athletic event, parade or demonstration for which a permit is required, passenger terminal of an airport, “place of nuisance” as defined in Mississippi Code section 95–3–1, or a location where a sign is posted and clearly visible from at least ten feet away saying that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited”. With an enhanced carry permit per Mississippi Code section 97-37-7(2) as amended by House Bill 506 of the 2011 Regular Session,[85] the prohibited locations to carry concealed are as follows: any police, sheriff or state highway patrol station; any detention facility, prison or jail; courtrooms during a judicial proceeding; any “place of nuisance”; and (not listed in the Mississippi statutes, but still relevant) any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law. A license to carry a pistol or revolver is not required for open carry. A license is not required for transporting a concealed or visible firearm in a vehicle.In June 2018, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that judges may not prohibit enhanced concealed carry license holders from carrying in and around courthouses as long as they do not enter a courtroom.[86][87][88] On March 14, 2019, a new law was passed to clarify the issue by defining “courthouse” and “courtroom”.[89]
Permit required for open carry?NoNoHouse Bill 2 of the 2013 Mississippi LegislatureThe “HB2” Unlicensed Open Carry Law went into effect July 1, 2013. An injunction, declaring the definition of “concealed handgun” unconstitutionally vague, was initially put in place by a Circuit Court Judge in Jackson, MS. The injunction was vacated August 29th, 2013 by the Mississippi Supreme Court.[90]
State Preemption of local restrictions?YesYesNo county or municipality may adopt any ordinance that restricts or requires the possession, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms or ammunition or their components. However, local governments may regulate the discharge of firearms, the carrying of firearms at a public park or public meeting, or the use of firearms in cases of insurrection, riots and natural disasters.
NFA weapons restricted?NoNoPermitted as long such possession is in compliance with all federal regulations
Peaceable Journey laws?YesYes
Background checks required for private sales?NoNo


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