Mississippi already has Constitutional Open Carry, but a concealed weapon requires a permit. Coming up before the Legislature in the next few days is a bill to allow Constitutional concealed carry. Senate Bill 2618 and House Bill 1272 proposes:
“An Act to amend Sec. 97-37-1, Mississippi Code of 1972,”
“5 It shall not be a violation of this section for any person to carry a pistol, revolver or stun gun if the person is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and is legally able to possess firearms under State and Federal law, whether the person is a resident of the State or not. Nothing in this subsection 5 authorizes any person to carry a weapon within the places prohibited in Section 45-9-101(13.)
Constitutional Carry Coming to Mississippi
BY DANA CRISWELL
"Last week there were two bill introduced that attempt to remove the unconstitutional barriers Mississippians face if they desire to carrying a concealed weapon. Our state constitution has always recognized that carrying a weapon for self-defense was a right, first enumerated in our U.S. Constitution and then reemphasized in our State Constitution.
Mississippi State Constitution Article 3; Section 12;
The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.
Our state constitution clearly forbids the state from making or enforcing any law that prohibits or forbids a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property. That fact is not questionable or debatable. Any law, sign, ordinance, judge, sheriff, or police chief that attempts to prevent a citizen from openly carrying arms is unconstitutional, unless that citizen has had their right taken away by due process of the law.
But what if, because of societies misunderstanding of firearms, a citizen prefers to carry their arms concealed? Our state constitution allows the legislature to regulate or forbid carrying a concealed weapon. It does not say they must regulate or forbid it simply says they ‘may’.
Until now our legislators have chosen to forbid citizens from carrying a concealed weapon unless they obtain permission in the form of a firearms permit.
Many, including myself, question the constitutionality of limiting concealed carry. Our U.S. Constitution does not limit our right to a method of carry, openly or concealed, it simply states,
. . . the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
“...Senate Bill 2618 and House Bill 1272 both attempt to remove the limitations on concealed carry. These are very important bills that gun owners must read and understand. I urge you to read these bills carefully and understand the changes they are making to our laws.”