It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. But even with a permit, it is illegal to carry weapons in some locations. You may not carry a firearm in or on:

  • school grounds (including secondary education)
  • law enforcement offices or buildings
  • jails or prison facilities
  • courtrooms
  • polling places
  • government offices or meeting places
  • athletic facilities or at athletic events
  • establishments that are primarily devoted to serving alcohol (like bars and nightclubs)
  • secured areas of airport facilities
  • churches or synagogues (or other similar place of worship),
  • anyplace where the owner of the property has explicitly prohibited the carrying of firearms with written notice, or
  • places where possessing a firearm is prohibited by federal law.

(Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101(13).)Type your paragraph here.

Penalties for Gun Carry Violations

The following sections explain who may not have a gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a gun is illegal.

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Gun is Illegal

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People Who May Not Carry a Gun in Mississippi

Penalties for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit in Mississippi include a fine of at least $100 (and up to $500), up to six months in jail, or both. A second conviction can incur at least 30 days (and up to six months) in jail, or both; and a third or subsequent offense incurs at least one year (and up to five years) in prison. (Miss. Ann. Code § 97-37-1.)

Mississippi protects the right to bear arms under Article 3, Section 12 of the state constitution, but this does not mean that everyone may carry a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. Mississippi requires a license to carry a concealed weapon on (or near) you body; unless you are on your own property, or at your place of business. (Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101.)

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The following individuals are prohibited from carrying a weapon in Mississippi.

  • those younger than 21 years old (or 18 if a member of the Armed Forces)
  • non-Mississippi residents, or people who have been residents for fewer than 12 months (this requirement is waived if you have a valid permit from another state, you are an active military member stationed in Mississippi, or are a retired law enforcement officer establishing residency in Mississippi)
  • convicted felons
  • fugitives from justice
  • those that suffer from any physical infirmity that prevents safe handling of a firearm
  • those that suffer from drug addiction, or have been committed for treatment of these conditions within the past three years
  • people who chronically use alcohol to the extent that theirr normal facilities are impaired, have been committed to a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, or have been convicted of two or more offenses related to alcohol in the last three years
  • those who have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or restored to capacity by court order within the last five years
  • those who have been committed to a mental health institution or treatment facility within the past five years
  • those prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law

(Miss. Ann. Code § 45-9-101.)