Mississippi Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Mississippi

Mississippi is a “Shall Issue” state and the Mississippi Department of Health issues all permits to eligible applicants within 45 days. Mississippi is a “constitutional carry” state meaning that their constitution protects the rights of citizens to open carry weapons. Currently, there are 46,598 permits in Mississippi. The state government of Mississippi reserves the rights of gun laws for sale, possession, transfer of ownership or travel with a weapon but some counties have laws regarding use of firearms in public places. The state controls lawsuit brought against gun manufacturers and dealers as well. Mississippi’s gun laws changed pretty radically in 2017, becoming some of the more permissive states. Open carry is permitted, and you can carry a loaded gun in your vehicle with or without a permit. There is, however, a long list of “off limit” areas where you cannot take a firearm including a police station, courthouse, polling station, government building, schools, airport terminals, churches, or any place that serves alcohol.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Unrestricted/Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-Residents License issued to
  • 46,598 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 34 # of states that honor Mississippi license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Mississippi honors
  • 21 Years license is valid
  • 112 $ cost of the license
  • 5 Minimum age for license permit

Mississippi’s policy is Unrestricted/Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Mississippi CCW Reciprocity Map

The states that honor a Mississippi gun permit for residents are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These states also honor a Mississippi gun permit for non-residents

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Mississippi honors the following state gun permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

These states do not allow a gun permit from

Mississippi, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

To qualify for a Mississippi carry permit, you must be twenty-one unless you are in the military then you only need to be eighteen. You must live in Mississippi for a year before applying. You cannot have any physical disability preventing you from using a firearm or any violent misdemeanors. You cannot be an alcoholic or be guilty of any felonies. You must also comply with all federal regulations. You will also need a copy of your driver’s license, plus either a state ID, birth certificate or social security card.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a Mississippi carry permit, you must be twenty-one unless you are in the military then you only need to be eighteen. You must live in Mississippi for a year before applying. You cannot have any physical disability preventing you from using a firearm or any violent misdemeanors. You cannot be an alcoholic or be guilty of any felonies. You must also comply with all federal regulations. You will also need a copy of your driver’s license, plus either a state ID, birth certificate or social security card.

Mississippi Gun Background Check

Mississippi is not a “point of contact” state and therefore licensed dealers do not have to run a state-level background check, but they are still required to contact the FBI and use NCIS for a federal background check. Private sales of firearms are not subject to any background checks.

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MS CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  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.

CCW Renewal

  • 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.

MS Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Individual | License to carry concealed handguns$112.00$72.00$95 - $150An additional fee of $15.00 will be applied if a renewal is late.
Individual - 65 years or older | License to carry concealed handguns$112.00$52.00$95 - $150An additional fee of $15.00 will be applied if a renewal is late.
Security Guard | License to carry concealed handguns$132.00$72.00$95 - $150An additional fee of $15.00 will be applied if a renewal is late.
Disabled Veteran | License to carry concealed handguns$0.00$0.00$95 - $150An additional fee of $15.00 will be applied if a renewal is late.
Retired Law Enforcement Officer | License to carry concealed handguns$0.00$0.00$95 - $150An additional fee of $15.00 will be applied if a renewal is late.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Mississippi

AllowedForbidden
State parksAny courthouse
State and national forestsPolice, sheriff or highway patrol station
Road side rest areasAny detention facility, prison or jail
VehiclePolling place
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenMeeting 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

Mississippi CCW Contact

Mississippi Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Mississippi Department of Public Safety Headquarters
1900 East Woodrow Wilson Avenue
City:Jackson, MS 39205
Phone:(601) 987-1268
(601) 987-1587

CCW Licensing Offices in Mississippi

Jackson Office - MHP Headquarters

Office Address
1900 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave. Jackson, MS 39205

Phone
(601) 987 - 1268

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Greenwood Office - Troop D

Office Address
701 Hwy 82 West Greenwood, MS 38930

Phone
(662) 453 - 4515

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Batesville Office - Troop E

Office Address
22000 A Hwy 35 N Batesville, MS 38606

Phone
(662) 563 - 6400

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New Albany Office - Troop F

Office Address
1103 Bratton Road New Albany, MS 38652

Phone
(662) 534 - 8619

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Starkville Office - Troop G

Office Address
1280 East Lee Blvd. Starkville, MS 39759

Phone
(662) 323 - 5316

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Meridian Office - Troop H

Office Address
3910 Hwy 11 & 80 East Meridian, MS 39301

Phone
(601) 693 - 1926

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Hattiesburg Office - Troop J

Office Address
35 J.M. Tatum Ind Dr. Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Phone
(601) 582 - 4744

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Biloxi Office - Troop K

Office Address
16741 Hwy 67 S Biloxi, MS 39532

Phone
(228) 396 - 7400

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Counties in Mississippi