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Mississippi is known for its liberal gun laws. Mississippi is a constitutional carry state where no permit is necessary to carry a firearm. However, for reciprocity reasons 2 types of permits are available at the state level. The first is the standard firearms permit, and the 2nd is an enhanced version which allows carry in more locations. The enhanced permit can only be obtained by residents. There’s no requirement for firearm registration or back ground checks on private firearm sales.

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Mississippi Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? Yes
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? No

Mississippi CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Mississippi

Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Mississippi. During their time in Mississippi, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Mississippi

Mississippi: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed as off limits

Places Not Allowed

  • Any courthouse
  • Police, sheriff or highway patrol station
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail
  • Polling place
  • Meeting of a government or legislative body
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility; any junior college, community college, college or university facility
  • School, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • Church or place of worship
  • Premises posted “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited”
  • Establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
  • The passenger terminal of any airport, except if the firearm is encased for shipment
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Mississippi: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

WITHOUT A LICENSE

You can open carry in Mississippi without any type of permit. Places listed as “Off Limits” still apply to those that open carry.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

WITHOUT A LICENSE A permit is not required for a loaded or unloaded handgun to be carried within a vehicle if it is in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

You are permitted to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – 45.9.101 State/National Forests: ? Nothing to say carry is allowed State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – WMA regulations Road Side Rest Areas: YES

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol. The Law 45.9.101

Constitutional Carry

Yes

No permits are required to carry a firearm in Mississippi making it a constitutional carry state.

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Yes

YES/NO Non Enhanced permit – YES Enhanced permit – YES/NO? see Attorney Generals opinion

Must Notify Officer

No

MUST INFORM OFFICER There is nothing in Mississippi gun law that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law requires that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun. The Law 45.9.101

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