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Gun Laws in Mississippi and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 04:27 PM

Gun laws regarding carrying of a firearm either openly or concealed, including carrying in a vehicle, can be different from state depending if a person has a permit. What may be lawful in Mississippi, may be unlawful in another state. The regulations governing how a permit is issued will also vary greatly from state to state.

Mississippi is one of 30 states nationally that have open carry allowances for handguns without a permit, although specific laws are dependent on the state.

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States which allow their residents to carry openly with a permit only are Utah, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts*, New Jersey*, Maryland*, and Hawaii* (states marked* have very restricted laws and regulations in regards to obtaining a permit, however, there may be no distinction with open versus concealed carry with a permit).

Open Carry without a permit is legal in 29 other states, and in Texas, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Florida, or California open carry is not permitted.

A resident of Mississippi who wants a permit to carry a handgun concealed must apply through the Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Jackson, or substation. The applicant must be at least 21 years or older and have at least two forms of identification.

A background check on the applicant is conducted, as well. There are specific prohibited carry locations which the permit holder should be familiar with. Places off-limits even with a permit may differ from state to state, as does the recognition of the permit in states outside the resident state in which the permit was issued.

Mississippi does have an enhanced permit that a resident may choose to apply for and/or upgrade an existing permit, as well. An enhanced permit is an endorsement on the back of the permit that the licensee obtained an instructional course in the safe handling and use of firearms by an instructor approved by the Department of Public Safety.

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This endorsement will allow the permit holder to be allowed to carry in all places listed as off limits for regular permit holders, except for any police, sheriff , or highway patrol station or any detention facility, prison or jail.

Specific to a motor vehicle, a visitor to Mississippi that is over the age of 18 may carry a handgun, concealed or open. The term "concealed" in Mississippi means hidden from common observation. This does not include having a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on a person in a holster that is wholly or partially visible.

The term "unloaded" in Mississippi means that a cartridge is not positioned in the barrel or in a magazine attached to the firearm. Visitors should be mindful that if they are carrying an unconcealed handgun and are stopped by a law enforcement officer, the presence of the handgun may attract attention.

Mississippi state law is different from the federal law which states the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container not readily accessible by any of the occupants (excluding the glove box or console) such as the trunk, completely separated from ammunition.

Compared nationally, there are 33 other states that recognize the Mississippi permit to carry a handgun. Mississippi honors all other state permits or licenses.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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