Mississippi law generally prohibits carrying any type of concealed weapon without a permit. Pursuant to Mississippi Code Annotated Section 97-37-1(1), it is illegal for any person to:
carr[y], concealed in whole or in part, any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife, metallic knuckles, blackjack, slingshot, pistol, revolver, or any rifle with a barrel of less than sixteen (16) inches in length, or any shotgun with a barrel of less than eighteen (18) inches in length, machine gun or any fully automatic firearm or deadly weapon, or any muffler or silencer for any firearm….
However, Mississippi law explicitly authorizes carrying a concealed weapon in your car. Section 97-37-1(2) provides:
It shall not be a violation of this section for any person over the age of eighteen (18) years to carry a firearm or deadly weapon concealed in whole or in part…within any motor vehicle.
Even if you don’t have a concealed-carry permit, it is perfectly legal to carry a concealed weapon within a vehicle in Mississippi. I encourage everyone who intends upon carrying any type of weapon, especially a handgun, to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons. But if you choose not to get a permit, you will not violate the law so long as you keep the weapon in your car.
If you’ve been charged with a crime relating to the possession of firearms or other weapons, please contact me.
Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney Curt Crowley