Mississippi: Armed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Mississippi

Legislation/Source:

Mississippi Code Title 97. Crimes
Chapter 37. Weapons and Explosives
Section 7. Deadly weapons; persons permitted to carry weapons; bond; permit to carry weapon; grounds for denying application for permit; required weapons training course; reciprocal agreements.

Authorizing Department

Department of Public Safety

MHP Headquarters
1900 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 987-1593
Official Website

Security Guard Permits are processed ONLY on Mondays or Thursdays at the Firearm Permit Unit in Jackson between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Regional Branch Offices

Troop D
1301 Cypress Avenue
Greenwood, MS 38930
(662) 453-4515
Wednesday
8:00am to 3:00pm

Troop E
22000 A Hwy 35 N
Batesville, MS 38606
(662) 563-6400
Monday & Tuesday
8:00am to 11:30am
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Troop F
1103 Bratton Road
New Albany, MS 38652
(662) 534-8619
Wednesday & Thursday
8:00am to 11:30am
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Troop G
1280 East Lee Blvd.
Starkville, MS 39759
(662) 323-5314
Thursday
8:00am to 11:30am

Troop H
910 Hwy 11/80 East
Meridian, MS 39301
(601) 693-1926
Monday
8:00am to 11:30am Troop J
35 J.M. Tatum Ind Dr.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 582-3529
Tuesday & Wednesday
8:00am to 11:30am

Troop K
16741 Hwy 67 S
Biloxi, MS 39532
(228)396-7400
Monday-Thursday
8:00am to 11:30am
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Troop M
160 Hwy 84 E
Brookhaven, MS 39601
(601) 833-0808
Monday
8:00am to 11:30am

Licensure and License Fees

According to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Security Officers are not individually licensed but regulated indirectly by weaponry. Armed security guards are required to obtain a Security Guard Permit.
See: Security Guard Permits – Website

The fee for a Security Guard Permit is $132.00. The permit is valid for four (4) years.
The fee includes $32   for fingerprint/background check fee

See: Security Guard Permit Application

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

Mississippi gives recognition to out of state, law enforcement firearms licensees and permit holders
if there is a reciprocal agreement between the states. The statute states in part:

(3) It shall not be a violation of this or any other statute for pistols, firearms or other suitable and appropriate weapons,
to be carried by any out-of-state, full-time commissioned law enforcement officer who holds a valid commission
card from the appropriate out-of-state law enforcement agency and a photo identification.
The provisions of this subsection shall only apply if the state where the out-of-state officer is employed has entered
into a reciprocity agreement with the state that allows full-time commissioned law enforcement officers in Mississippi
to lawfully carry or possess a weapon in such other states. The Commissioner of Public Safety is authorized to enter into
reciprocal agreements with other states to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

See: § 97-37-7

Age Requirements

Applicant must be 18 years of age.
See: Firearm Permits FAQ

Citizenship

Applicants not born in the United States must submit a “Rider to all Firearm Permit Applications” (page 11 of the Application pack) to establish their eligibility to possess firearms in accordance to federal law.
See: Security Guard Permit Application

Experience

No baseline requirement

Exemptions

Retired law enforcement do not have to pay the renewal application fee;

Mississippi law also lays out a series of exemptions- proved by Affidavit which waives permit requirements.

See: Military/Retired Law Enforcement Enhanced Carry Permit

Permit Required

A permit is required unless expressly waived for select military and law enforcement officials. This must be applied for in person at the nearest Highway Patrol Substation

Mississippi law expressly mentions “Security Guard Permit” for weapons and allows a 4 year period of licensure
See: Firearm Permit FAQ

Requirement to carry an ID card

No baseline requirement

Moral Character

No baseline requirement

Fingerprint

Fingerprints must be submitted with the application

Substance Abuse

Although the legislation does not explicitly mention this requirement, the applicant must indicate on the application form whether he/she chronically or habitually abused controlled substances.

Mental Health

Although the legislation does not explicitly mention this requirement, the applicant must indicate on the application form whether he /she is suffering from any mental or physical infirmity due to disease, illness, which could prevent the safe handling od a handgun, and whether the applicant has been committed to a mental institution or mental health treatment facility within five years prior to the date of the application.
Further, the applicant has to indicate whether he/she has ever been adjudicated mentally incompetent.

Criminal History Background Check

According to MS § 97-37-7(1)(b):

No permit shall be issued to any person who has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of this or any other state or of the United States. To determine an applicant’s eligibility or a permit, the person shall be fingerprinted. If no disqualifying record is identified at the state level, the fingerprints shall be forwarded by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history record check. 

Personal References

None required

Training Requirements

According to MS §97-37-7(2):
Before any person shall be authorized under this subsection to carry a weapon, they shall complete a Firearms Training Course approved by the Board of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and
Training.

See: MS §97-37-7(2)

Exam Requirement

N/A

Child Support

According to Miss. Code Ann. § 93-11-157:
The state of Mississippi may take away any occupational or professional license or permit for failure to pay child support

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