Mississippi prohibits any person from carrying, whether openly or concealed, any firearm on educational property.1 Exceptions include:

  • Possessing a firearm within a motor vehicle which he or she does not brandish, exhibit or display in any careless, angry or threatening manner by people who are not students;
  • A firearm used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority; and
  • Competitors while participating in organized shooting events.2

Mississippi prohibits concealed carry licenses from possessing a concealed handgun in any: 1) elementary or secondary school facility; 2) any junior college, community college, college or university facility unless for the purpose of participating in any authorized firearms-related activity; or 3) any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms.3 However, persons who have an enhanced concealed carry permit. are exempt from this prohibition.4 Applicants must be over age 21, pass a background check and have taken a voluntary course on the safe handling and use of firearms by a certified instructor to obtain the enhanced permit.5  Despite this exemption for concealed carry permit-holders who have taken a safety training course, private schools may still exercise their right as private property owners to exclude all firearms from their property if they choose.6

See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-17(2). “Educational property” is defined under Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-17(1)(a) as any public or private school building or bus, public or private school campus, grounds, recreational area, athletic field, or other property owned, used or operated by any local school board, school, college or university board of trustees, or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution or during a school-related activity. ⤴︎
  2. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-17(6), (7). ⤴︎
  3. Miss. Code Ann. § 45-9-101(13); see also Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-17(2). ⤴︎
  4. See Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-7(2). ⤴︎
  5. Id. ⤴︎
  6. Op. Miss. Att’y Gen. No. 2013-00023 (Oct. 1, 2013), 2013 Miss. AG LEXIS 248, *8-9 (“An enhanced permit cannot constitutionally take away the rights of property owners to exclude persons from their property if that is their wish. …Therefore, private property owners, including … private schools…may exclude from their premises persons carrying weapons.”). ⤴︎