How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Mississippi

By Legal Editor

Mississippi is a "shall issue" state. A carry and conceal weapon (CCW) permit will be issued to anyone who qualifies and will serve as a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check. The issuing authority is the Department of Public Safety. The following steps will show how to obtain a CCW in Mississippi.

Be at least 21 years of age and live in Mississippi for the past year. This may be waived if you are on active duty in the military or already have a CCW permit from another state.

Obtain an application from a highway patrol substation. Your application package must consist of the following: completed application; passport photograph; non-refundable fee (retired law enforcement officials are exempt); a set of fingerprints; and a waiver authorizing the Department of Public Safety to search your criminal and mental health history.

Submit your application package to the following address: Mississippi State Police, P. O. Box 958, Jackson, MS 39205-0958; email: jtucker@dps.state.ms.us; or call (601) 987-1212.

Receive your permit within 120 days, unless it is denied. Renew the permit every four years by paying the renewal fee. You must carry your CCW permit and a valid identification when you carry a concealed firearm. You must also present these documents upon demand by a law enforcement officer.

Keep your concealed firearm out of the following areas unless specifically authorized: law enforcement facilities, courthouses, polling places, public parks, bars, airport terminals, churches or anywhere else that posts a sign banning firearms.