Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated October 24, 2011
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Mississippi ranked 48th out of 50, having some of the weakest guns laws in the country.
Mississippi does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Afford local law enforcement discretion in issuing concealed carry licenses;
- Require the licensing of gun owners; or
- Impose registration requirements on firearms.
Local governments in Mississippi generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and local law enforcement must issue a concealed handgun permit to any applicant who meets basic qualifications.
Mississippi ranks 2nd among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. In 2007, 535 people died from firearm-related injuries in Mississippi. In 2009, Mississippi supplied the highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and exports considerably more crime guns than it imports.
Mississippi Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Mississippi, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.