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Gun Laws in Mississippi: How Do State Laws Apply in Tourist Areas?

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 10:04 AM

In Mississippi, there are many parks, forests, and historical sites that attract tourists annually. While the Mississippi concealed handgun permit is recognized statewide, out-of-state permit holders need to be familiarize themselves with the same gun laws that a Mississippi permit holder is upheld to as well.

Currently, Mississippi recognizes all other states permits or licenses. In Mississippi, parks and forests are regulated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. A person who possesses a valid concealed handgun license or permit, may carry a concealed handgun on his person while in or on any Mississippi State Park.

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Within any state park, however, the open carrying of a firearm can be restricted in areas deemed as "sensitive areas." These areas will be designated by an appropriate sign. It is recommended to contact the manager of the park if there are any questions.

While traveling in a motor vehicle, a visitor to Mississippi that is over the age of eighteen 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.

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A visitor may choose to comply with the Federal law of having the unloaded firearm 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.

In addition to the locations prohibited by state law, the carrying of a concealed handgun may be unauthorized in any place by the manager, or person in legal control of the premises, by the placing of a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten (10) feet that the "carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited."

If you enter a property in which the owner, or person who is in legal control of the premises or property, asks you to leave the premises, you must leave. Failure to do so may result in trespassing charges.

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

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