Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Mississippi ranked 45th out of 50 – having some of the weakest gun laws in the country.
In 2013, the Mississippi legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.
Laws that Strengthen Gun Regulation
|MS S 2647||Facilitates the reporting of certain information to the FBI solely for the purpose of inclusion in the NICS database and allow prohibited individuals to petition for relief from mental health disability.|
Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation
|MS H 485||Makes concealed weapon permit records confidential.|
|MS H 2||Allows carrying a loaded or unloaded weapon in public without a permit if carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster that is wholly or partially visible, or carried upon the person in a scabbard or case for carrying the weapon that is wholly or partially visible.|
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.
In 2010, Mississippi had the 4th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Mississippi highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Mississippi were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the highest rate among the states.
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.