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.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
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.
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.
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.
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
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
No permits are required to carry a firearm in Mississippi making it a constitutional carry state.
YES/NO Non Enhanced permit – YES Enhanced permit – YES/NO? see Attorney Generals opinion
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