Mississippi Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of Mississippi?
The state of Mississippi operates as a Shall Issue state and concealed carry permits are only issued to residents. However, non-resident CCW permits and licenses will be honored in the state of Mississippi by designated states granted reciprocity. Mississippi does not issue non-resident conceal and carry permits under any circumstance.
In Mississippi, there is no permit required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. Firearms also do not have to be registered. In order to own a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, a license is not necessary. Nonetheless, it is required by law that any seller of a firearm must document the name of the purchaser, date of sale, and caliber of the handgun to provide these records for public inspection at any time.
There is no permit necessary to carry a rifle or shotgun in Mississippi, but a concealed carry permit for a handgun is required by law in Mississippi.
Where can I get a Mississippi Concealed Carry Permit?
A Mississippi conceal and carry permit is available through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety: Highway Patrol. If you are applying for the first time for a concealed carry permit in Mississippi, you can submit the application through a nearby Highway Patrol substation.
Highway Patrol substations can be found in:
- New Albany
Depending upon the Highway Patrol substation, dates and times available for application processing may vary.
How do I apply for a license?
In order to apply for a Mississippi concealed carry permit, a background check is required by law through the FBI.
To submit an application officially, the following steps must be completed:
- The CCW application must be filled out in its entirety. Failure to fill out the application completely could result in the denial of the license.
- After the application has been fully completed and notarized, it must be brought by the applicant to the Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Jackson or to a Mississippi Highway Patrol District Substation at one of the locations listed above. At that time, the applicant must be officially fingerprinted.
- Two forms of identification must be submitted when processing the application.*
- A clear photograph must be attached to the application.
- The applicant must pay the individual firearm permit fee of $100, plus an additional processing fee for fingerprints of $32 for a nonrefundable total of $132.
- If the applicant is a retired law enforcement officer, they must fill out and notarize the Retired Law Enforcement Officer Only affidavit and attach it to the application for submission.
Two acceptable forms of identification include a photo ID, such as a Mississippi driver’s license or Mississippi identification card. The second form of identification may include:
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Military ID card
- W-2 form
- Marriage license
- Divorce decree
- Military discharge
- Other form of government identification
When the completed application has been submitted to the proper authorities, it will be issued or denied within 45 days of receipt. After the CCW license has been approved, the permit will be valid for a period of five years.
How much does the license cost?
The cost of an individual Mississippi concealed carry permit is $100, plus a processing fee for fingerprints of $32. The license total is a nonrefundable fee of $132, paid by cash, cashier’s check, or money order.
It costs a nonrefundable fee of $82 to renew an expired license; an applicant will be charged a $15 late fee if the permit has already expired. A courtesy renewal packet will be mailed out to the applicant 90 days before the expiration date on the license. For this reason, it is critically important to keep your license current with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in order to efficiently receive the necessary renewal information.
Change of address information can be mailed within 30 days of a permanent change of address to the Department of Public Safety in writing at the address below:
Firearm Permit Unit
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205-0958
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of Mississippi?
In order to apply for a concealed carry permit in Mississippi, you must meet the following requirements at a minimum:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must have been a resident of Mississippi for more than 12 months. OR you must have a valid out-of-state license, OR you must be in active military duty, OR you must be a retired law enforcement officer seeking Mississippi residency.
- You must not suffer from any physical infirmity that will inhibit you from handling a gun safely.
- You must not abuse drugs or alcohol.
- You must not be a convicted felon or fugitive of the law.
- You must not have any diagnosed mental issues.
- You must not have been convicted of a violent misdemeanor in the past three years.
- You must not be prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
A Mississippi concealed carry license must be on your person at all times with a valid ID when carrying a concealed weapon. You must display the proper ID and a valid license at any time upon the request of a law enforcement officer.
It is legal for a person over 18 years old to carry a concealed firearm in their home, place of business, or within a motor vehicle.
However, it is prohibited to concealed carry in the following locations:
- Police facility
- Polling center
- Location of government meeting
- Public park
- Professional sporting event
- Place of worship
- Location where carrying a firearm is prohibited
- Anywhere where carrying a firearm is prohibited by federal law
- Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption
- Passenger terminal of an airport
Mississippi remains a Castle Doctrine state with a stand-your-ground law. However, Open Carry in Mississippi is permitted for any legitimate activities related to or necessitating firearms.
In general, Mississippi state legislature preempts all areas related to the regulation of firearms and ammunition.
- Mississippi Handgun Laws
- NRA: Mississippi Gun Laws
- Mississippi Department of Public Safety Firearms FAQs
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