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Mississippi has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.

Except when a minor is defending himself or herself from imminent danger as permitted by Mississippi law, any parent, guardian or child custodian who knowingly permits any child under age 18 to own or carry concealed a concealable firearm shall be criminally liable for a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum fine of $1,000, and may be imprisoned in a county jail for not more than six months.1

Mississippi also prohibits any person from causing, encouraging or aiding a minor (a person under age 18) to carry, whether openly or concealed, any firearm on educational property.2 Any person violating this provision shall be criminally liable for a felony, subject to a fine of not more than $5,000 or commitment to the custody of the State Department of Corrections for not more than three years, or both.3

Safe Storage

Mississippi has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way, although state administrative regulations may govern the storage of firearms in certain locations.

Mississippi also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.


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  1. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-15; see also Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-14.[]
  2. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-37-17(3).[]
  3. Id.[]