Open / Constitutional Carry
Mississippi has been an Open Carry state since it adopted the State Constitution in 1890. A changed to the concealed carry law in 2013 clarified the definition of concealed” and removed any gray area interpretation of “open carry.”
As of April 15 2016, Mississippi is a “Constitutional Carry” state, meaning you are not required to obtain a permit to carry concealed in Mississippi. There are limitations on where, when, how, and at what age and you can carry concealed WITHOUT a permit.
The State of Mississippi currently has two types of Concealed Carry Permits/CCP. A MS firearms permit is relatively easy to obtain and requires no formal firearms training. Even WITH a permit, there are still some limitations on where you CAN’T carry your firearm.
MS Firearms Permit Vs. MS Enhanced Carry Endorsement
With a MS Firearms Permit YOU:
*CAN NOT carry into a courtroom or Law Enforcement Office or Detention Center
*CAN NOT carry into a polling place or meeting of the government
*CAN NOT carry at any school, college, or athletic event
*CAN NOT carry into an establishment or portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises primarily devoted to such purpose.
*CAN NOT carry inside the passenger terminal of any airport
*CAN NOT carry in any church or place of worship
*CAN NOT carry in any place prohibited by Federal Law
*CAN NOT carry where private business displays “NO FIREARMS” signage
*CAN NOT carry in parades where permits are required
Instructor Certified Sticker indicating you completed a MS Enhanced Carry Endorsement Class
With a MS Enhanced Carry Endorsement YOU:
*CAN NOT carry into a courtroom during judicial proceedings
*CAN NOT carry into any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station or any detention center, facility, or jail
*CAN NOT carry in any place prohibited by law
** This is a general description of where you can and cannot carry under Mississippi Law. Please see other links on this page to access a more complete listing of legal definitions and opinions.