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Greetings!

I'll be headed to the Gulf Coast very shortly, originally from NY, by way of Pa.

Long time 2a proponent, I'm hands-on and hope to find a strong base for advocacy in Mississippi.

In Pa. I helped lead efforts to prevent and even eliminate gun free zones in and around my immediate jurisdiction; so just to give an idea, I'm very keen on the maxim 'get your backyard in order first' when it comes to advocacy.

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More on the GOA/JPFO bent, than the NRA path, but we're on the same side, nonetheless.

Any links, pointers, guidance - especially in terms of advocacy, etc. will be graciously well received.

I will be carrying in the state, so any advice on ranges, transport/carry rules will also be most appreciated.

Thank you all for this resource and I look forward to being active alongside my fellow gun owners!
 

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Welcome from the left coast of Mississippi.

Glad you are on our side!

Our governor and most state legislators are Second Amendment supporters---though there are a few exceptions.

I don't have much to offer. You will find that most folks in Mississippi are good people, but we don't organize very well. We're more like goats than sheep, I suppose.

Others from the coast will be along shortly to elaborate on ranges and such in that area.
 

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As far as "Carry Rules", here's a brief summary.
Full info available at MS DPS FIREARMS PERMIT UNIT

In Mississippi, you have 4 basic ways to carry.
1. Open Carry
2. Concealed Carry without a Permit
3. Concealed Carry Permit
4. Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit (IC = Instructor Certified)

Open: According to the state constitution and a 2013 law clarifying the issue, Mississippians over the age of 18 (federal law requires people be 21 for purchase) can carry a firearm in a holster, sheath or scabbard that is at least partially visible above clothing anywhere where guns are not otherwise prohibited. The attorney general has opined that some restrictions that apply to concealed carry (see below) also apply to open carry — such as carrying on school property — while others say the state constitution prohibits the Legislature or local governments from restricting open carry. Private property owners can prohibit open carry as described below for concealed carry.

Concealed without permit: A law effective April 15 allows Mississippians, without a permit, to carry concealed firearms — “hidden or obscured from common observation” — as long as they are in a holster or sheath. A previous law allows such permit-less concealed carry in a purse, satchel, briefcase or bag. However, one cannot carry a gun without a permit into:



  • A police, sheriff’s or highway patrol station.
  • A school — elementary, secondary, community college or university — except for an authorized firearm-related activity.
  • A detention facility, prison or jail.
  • A courthouse or courtroom.
  • A polling place for elections.
  • A meeting place of a governing body, including the Legislature and legislative committee meetings.
  • A school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms.
  • Bars, or the bar areas of restaurants or any area of an establishment primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages..
  • An airport terminal, except properly baggage guns to be checked for lawful transporting on an aircraft.
  • A church or place of worship — except as provided in a new law for a church’s authorized armed security team.
  • Any place where carrying a firearm is prohibited by federal law (such as a federal courthouse or post office).
  • A private business or property that properly posts (see details below) notice that firearms are banned.
  • Any area that has been declared a “place of nuisance” because of illegal activity.
Concealed carry with standard permit: Someone with a standard state concealed carry permit — who undergoes a background check and fingerprinting — is still prohibited from carrying in the areas listed above for permit-less carry, such as courtrooms, polling places, bars and schools. So why get this permit? More than 30 other states allow some form of “reciprocity” concealed carry for Mississippians with a permit and those with a permit are exempt from having another background check when they purchase a gun.

Concealed carry with “enhanced” permit: Those who undergo eight hours of certified training can receive an endorsement on their concealed carry permit that allows them to carry in most places otherwise restricted. But an enhanced permit holder still cannot carry in:



  • An area declared a place of nuisance.
  • A police, sheriff or Highway Patrol station.
  • A detention facility, prison or jail.
  • Any place where carrying a firearm is prohibited by federal law (such as a federal courthouse or post office).
  • A private business or property that properly posts (see below) notice that firearms are banned. An enhanced permit holder could face trespassing charges, but not a violation of concealed carry law.
  • A courtroom while court is in session.
  • While one section of state law says an enhanced permit holder can carry on school, community college or university property, another says it’s illegal. An AG’s opinion from 2012 says campus carry is allowed for enhanced permit holders.
  • State law says someone not attending or working for a school can possess a firearm in their vehicle, but federal law would require a state-issued permit for it. Mississippi's IHL recently adopted a policy expressly permitting enhanced permit holders to carry on campus, subject to some exceptions still being worked out.
 

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Amazing as it is, Pennsylvania's 'Shall Issue' License To Carry is in many ways less restrictive than Mississippi's constitutional carry.

I've carried at least one sidearm daily since '05, and it'll be a steep change in habit to keep in accordance with the various Mississippi stipulations, coming from what I've grown accustomed to in Pa., but I'll get there, begrudgingly as it may be at first. Thanks for the information and warm graces!
 

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I grew up, went to college in PA and still have family there. I'll never go back, except maybe to central PA.

The Phila., Pittsburgh and Harrisburg metro areas are just TOO BLUE.

Harrisburg is a basket case and an embarrassing excuse for a state capital.
 

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I grew up in PA and have family still there. I'll never go back, except maybe to central PA.

The Phila., Pittsburgh and Harrisburg metro areas are just TOO BLUE.

...I here ya. But,

I'm in Maryland as I type this. It doesn't get much worse than MD as far as 2a goes.

I'm an active 'big L' Libertarian, so I escape much of the partisan fights between the 'big two', and live in a seemingly endless purgatory of neither here, nor there, on so many of the popular issues of the day.
 

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...I here ya. But,

I'm in Maryland as I type this. It doesn't get much worse than MD as far as 2a goes.

I'm an active 'big L' Libertarian, so I escape much of the partisan fights between the 'big two', and live in a seemingly endless purgatory of neither here, nor there, on so many of the popular issues of the day.
Agree.

But maybe Maryland can be walled, as well as NY, NJ CT, California, Oregon and Washington state. A double-wall for Baltimore City.
:warning:
 

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Glad to have ya'. I think you'll find most of MS pretty easy going, with the exception of the larger cities. I'm out in the woods in the rural NE part of the State with my own land, so can't really speak to things in the cities. That said, I still carry for a variety of reasons; trips to town, and including varmints of various sorts on my property that city folks don't have to deal with.

Don't know if you hunt or not, but since you are becoming a MS resident, you are eligible for a 'gator tag during the season, and feral hogs can be taken anytime. Here's the rules: MS Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
 

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I like that Makarov in your gallery. Those things are built like tanks. We used to handload ammo that was so hot it very frequently ruptured casings (I know, stupid things only a youngbuck would do) from the pressure, and the Makarov never so much as hiccupped. The report and muzzleflash were obscene..
 

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Welcome to mine and Max's alternate universe.
The others here are very informative, but some are lacking a little humor.
Starched drawers or something.:)

 
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