Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

In addition, Mississippi incorporates some of the federal prohibitions as state offenses. Mississippi prohibits the possession of a firearm by any person convicted of a felony under federal law or the laws of any state.1 Mississippi also prohibits transferring to any person who is known to be intoxicated any of the following:

  • A deadly weapon;
  • A weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited; or
  • A pistol cartridge.2

For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Mississippi Background Checks section.

See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-5(1). ⤴︎
  2. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-13. ⤴︎