Mississippi is an open carry state and the state constitution appears to guarantee this right. Further, localities are generally preempted under state law from enacting local gun control ordnances that might restrict open carry. Prior to 2013 however, Miss. Code §§ 97-37-1 & §
45-9-101 operate together to ban carriage of a handgun “concealed in whole or in part” unless the carrier is inside a motor vehicle or possesses a License to Carry a Concealed Pistol or Revolver. As the Mississippi courts have previously said that a handgun in a holster is concealed in part, a License to Carry a Concealed Pistol or Revolver was apparently required to openly carry a handgun in a holster in Mississippi for many years. However in 2013 the Mississippi legislature passed a bill clarifying that no license was required to open carry a handgun in a holster.
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State Constitution Article 3, Section 12The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in the 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.
Minimum Age to OC 18
Preemption Complete state preemption of firearms laws except localities may regulate the carrying of firearms

  • In public parks
  • At public meetings of a county, municipality or other governmental body
  • At a political rally, parade or official political meeting
  • At a nonfirearm-related school, college or professional athletic event


NOTE: Almost all states allow local regulation of the discharge of firearms

Open Car Carry You may carry in your vehicle open or concealed just like in your home.
Private Sales Not Yet Determined
Permit Issued Not Yet Determined
K-12 Carry Not Yet DeterminedNOTE: The Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act Restricts Carry to Permit Holders
College Carry Carry Prohibited by StatuteNOTE: Even if Legal, Students May be Subject to Academic Sanctions
Places Off Limits
    Currently Being Researched
State Law
Official Documents
State Organizations
Local Ordinances
Concealed Carry Available at Handgunlaw.us

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