Concealed Carry State Laws In Mississippi
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Mississippi refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Mississippi are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Mississippi
While in Mississippi there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Mississippi the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The State Constitutional Provision of Mississippi states: “The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.”
On July 1, a new law giving Mississippi residents the right to openly carry firearms without the need of a gun permit went into effect. During a two-hour block of instruction and education on the Open Carry Law, area law enforcement officers were given guidance on how the new law will impact their jobs and how to deal with citizens walking around with firearms at their side. "This new law will result in quite a few calls from the general public as they notice more guns being carried out in the open," said Ward Calhoun, chief deputy of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "But for the purpose of this session, it is all about the effect the law will have on us as law enforcement personnel."
The State of Mississippi currently has two types of Concealed Carry Permits (CCP). The first concealed carry permit is actually called a Firearms Permit. A Mississippi Firearms Permit is relatively easy to obtain and requires no formal firearms training. However, there are some limitations on where you can and cannot carry your firearm with this permit. The second permit type is called an Enhanced Carry Permit. To get the Enhanced Carry Permit a resident must attend a formal firearms training course from an instructor certified by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The Enhanced Carry Permit greatly reduces the limitations on where you are legally able to carry your firearm.
The new Mississippi law that went into effect in June, 2013 has sparked controversy between gun rights and gun control groups. The new law clarifies the state’s current gun laws to define concealed carry as a weapon being carried in a sheath that is not fully or partially visible.
Mississippi is historically a pro-gun state. Gun rights are even written into the state’s constitution, but the wording also specifies that the state can place restrictions on concealed and open carry.
As with most conservative states there is an upwelling of resentment against the federal government for trying to force their anti-gun agendas upon the states and their citizens, and Mississippi’s recent new pro-gun legislations is an overt statement in support of the second amendment.
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The Mississippi Department of Public Safety shall issue a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver to a qualified applicant within 45 days. The license is valid for five years. Concealed carry is not allowed in a school, courthouse, police station, detention facility, government meeting place, polling place, establishment primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages, athletic event, parade or demonstration for which a permit is required, passenger terminal of an airport, "place of nuisance" as defined in Mississippi Code section 95–3–1, or a location where a sign is posted and clearly visible from at least ten feet away saying that the "carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited"
Mississippi state law now allows firearms to be openly carried without a permit. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, was celebrated by supporters as an important step to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. It essentially permits those who are not convicted felons to have on their person firearms that are visible.
In an opinion issued June 13, 2013; Attorney General Jim Hood clarified some of the law’s details, in response to concerns from law enforcement about open carry being allowed in jails and courthouses. Hood said in his opinion that would be left up to individual county sheriffs, most of whom have already said they will not allow firearms unless they’re carried by law enforcement.
As many American began to feel the heat of President Obama's gun control legislation, the Mississippi legislature took steps to further expand gun rights in Mississippi. House Bill 2, which went into effect on July 1, 2013, expanded the current weapons statute, Mississippi Code Ann. 97-37-1, to allow citizens to openly carry firearms in public without requiring a concealed carry permit. In light of Mississippi's existing "Guns in Trunks" law and the recent expansion of state issued concealed carry permits, House Bill 2 is yet another pro-gun rights victory for all Mississippi residents.
Mississippi is one of many states that are taking a stand for second amendment rights in direct response to the Obama administrations attempts to strip our rights away and in trying to force their liberal agenda upon the states.
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