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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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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or 18 if a member of the military.
  • Applicant must have been a resident of the state for over 12 months
  • Not suffering from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a handgun
  • No violent misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years
  • Desires a legal means to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver to defend himself.
  • Does not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired.
  • Has not had adjudication of guilt withheld or imposition of sentence suspended on any felony unless three (3) years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a permit;

  1. Download the application in the forms section.
  2. Fill out all parts of the application.
  3. You will now need to get the application notarized.
  4. You will need two forms of ID and one must be a photo ID, here’s a few examples; (more are listed on the DPS website)
    • Drivers License
    • State ID card
    • Birth certificate
    • Social security card
  5. You must have a photo attached to the application that fits in the box on page 12.
  6. Now take the application to the Department of Public Safety or a Highway Patrol substation.
  7. Your fingerprints will be taken, then its just a waiting game.
  8. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Concealed Firearm Permit application

RENEWALS

  • Renewal packages are mailed out 90 days before a permits expiry date. Please ensure you inform the Firearm Permit division of any change of address.
  • There is a late fee of $15 if the permit is past its expiry date. The late fee can be payed for up to 6 months past the expiry date.
  • Any permits expired for more than 6 months are marked as permanently expired and you will need to make a new application for a permit.

PERMIT FEES

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Individual $112 $72
Individual - 65 years or older $112 $52
Security Guard $132 $72
Disabled Veteran $0 $0
Retired Law Enforcement Officer $0 $0
Late Renewal Fee $15

Acceptable Forms of Payment

Fees can be paid by Cash, Cashiers Check, Visa, Mastercard or Debit card. Cashiers checks will need to be made payable to: Department of Public Safety.

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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. 

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Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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
Yes
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
Yes
YES No permits are required to carry a firearm in Mississippi making it a constitutional carry state.
Yes
YES/NO Non Enhanced permit – YES Enhanced permit – YES/NO? see Attorney Generals opinion
No
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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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

Yes

No Weapons Signs Enforced

Yes

Must Notify Officer

No
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