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.

  • Mental health record reporting to federal databases

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit