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Gun Laws in Mississippi and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 04:00 PM

Gun laws in Mississippi are quite different than those of neighboring states. Gun Control and the regulation of concealed carry permits are topics that have generated a lot of interest across the nation.

Laws vary greatly from state to state; what may be lawful in one state may be unlawful in another including, but not limited to, the ability to lawfully carry a firearm, openly or concealed, with or without a permit.

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Even for neighboring states, the laws on carrying in your vehicle with or without a permit may vary.

In Mississippi, open carrying of a handgun without a permit is legal. Concealed carrying of a handgun is legal, but only with a permit, which training is not mandated before applying.

A permit holder can choose to take an instructional course approved by the Department of Public Safety and obtain an enhanced permit, which allows the permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in places prohibited to regular permit holders.

Compared to the surrounding states which include Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama the open carry allowance is very different. In Louisiana, open carry without a permit is legal, although there may be other laws and ordinances in regards to the allowance of open carry in certain places.

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In Arkansas, the open carry allowance is not clearly defined by state law. Until it is clarified, it is not recommended to open carry in Arkansas; Arkansas is a state which requires a permit and mandated training to carry a concealed handgun.

In Tennessee, open carry is legal only with a permit. In Alabama, open carry is legal without a permit, but in a vehicle you cannot open carry without a permit.

Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama are all "shall-issue" states in regards to the issuance of permits or licenses which allow for the carrying of a handgun concealed.

Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee require safety training with a handgun before applying for the permit. Mississippi and Alabama do not require training, however, in Mississippi if you obtain training, you are eligible for the enhanced permit.

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

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