Mississippi has among the weakest gun laws in the country, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Mississippi passed a dangerous permitless carry law in 2016 which allows almost anyone to carry hidden, loaded guns in public without a background check or law enforcement oversight. In 2017, Mississippi had the fifth-highest gun death rate and the highest rate of crime gun exports in the country. To protect lives from gun violence, Mississippi legislators could require background checks and waiting periods before all gun sales, repeal the state’s dangerous permitless carry law, and invest in proven community violence intervention programs.
State Law Background
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 2017, Mississippi had the fifth highest gun death rate among the states. Mississippi also supplied crime guns to other states at the highest rate among the states. Mississippi exported crime guns at nearly four times the national rate and nearly three times the rate at which it imported crime guns from other states.
Mississippi Firearms Laws
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