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Help with MS CCW laws please

Discussion in 'Legal' started by IAJack, Jun 7, 2009.

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  1. IAJack

    IAJack Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    I am planing a visit to MS this next week. I have a Florida permit I am planning on carrying under. I have a couple questions about where I can and cannot carry. Any and all help would be very appreciated.

    • With no carry signs -do they have to be specific and do they carry force of law? (IE in Iowa and Missouri businesses can post signs but you basically if you are caught carrying you can only be charged if you do not leave when asked to. Carrying into somewhere there is a sign is not in itself an illegal act)

    • Preemption -do many towns or municipalities ban carrying? Is there a list

    • Is carrying into bars or places that serve alcohol now legal. How about restaurants?

    • How about carrying on the Natchez Trace Fed. Hwy?

    Thank you

    Last edited: Jun 7, 2009
  2. metallic

    metallic Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Shreveport, LA
    Handgunlaw.us is an excellent resource for when you are traveling to another state and need to quickly learn the laws that apply there.
    Here is the PDF for Mississippi.

    Basically, you can carry in a restaurant as long as you don't enter the bar area. Bars and clubs are obviously off limits. Mississippi also has statewide preemption, so I wouldn't worry about suddenly finding yourself in a town or county that is off limits for carry.

    Signs prohibiting carrying must state "carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited" and must be clearly readable from 10 feet away. I can't tell if the sign carries the weight of law without digging deeper, but we're generally polite down here and respect the wishes of others on their own property. But if you do accidentally find yourself in a place that is posted, just make sure your weapon isn't seen and you shouldn't have a problem :)

    Is the Natchez Trace Federal Parkway actually inside a national park? If so, I think you already know the answer (should change in February, I think). Maybe someone in Mississippi can clarify or you can call the NPS or one of the district offices for the parkway to clarify.
  3. ent

    ent Member

    Oct 28, 2008
    I believe the roadway and surounding wooded areas are a national park. Troopers are strict on the speed limit, which is 50 mph in most places.
  4. cottonmouth

    cottonmouth Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Barlow, Mississippi
    Yeah, do not go over the posted speed limit on the Trace, they'll get ya....... they'll get ya.

  5. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Treat the trace as a Federal Park.
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