Mississippi: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Mississippi

Legislation/Source:

ARMED:

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.

See: MS Code § 97-37-7 (2013)

 

 

Authorizing Department

Mississippi is largely non-regulatory in the matter of unarmed security guards. The only context where oversight occurs is within the framework of firearms.
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

Mississippi is largely non-regulatory in the matter of unarmed security guards. The only context where oversight occurs is within the framework of firearms.

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 21 years of age.
See: Application for Security Guard Permit

Citizenship

Federal law makes it unlawful for aliens who are illegally or unlawfully in the United States to receive or possess firearms. In addition,
subject to certain exceptions, aliens who have a non-immigrant status are prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms in the United
States.

However, a non-immigrant alien who is legally in the United States is not subject to this prohibition if the alien:
(1) is in possession of a valid hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States;
(2) is an official representative of a foreign government who is accredited to the United States or his or her government’s mission to
an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; or
(3) has received a waiver from the prohibition from the Attorney General of the United States. See 18 U.S.C. 992(y)(2) for additional
exceptions

See:  Individual Firearms Permit Documenting Names/Citizenship Status

 

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

None required.

Exemptions

None for Unarmed explicitly .

ARMED: 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 security guard permit is required if armed alone.

An armed 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: 2020 Code 97-37-7 1 d ii
See: Security Guard Permit for Firearms Application Instructions 

Requirement to carry an ID card

No baseline requirement

Moral Character

No baseline requirement.

Fingerprint

None except in the context of firearm permits. Fingerprints must be submitted with the firearms permit application. See: Mississippi Security Guard Permit Application Instructions v2 r9.15.20.

Substance Abuse

ARMED: 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.  Also the application asks if the applicant has ever  been voluntarily admitted or involuntarily committed to any treatment facility, institution, or hospital for the abuse of a controlled substance or alcohol.

See: SGP-APP-01 Security Guard Application v2 with Notice Combined.pdf

Mental Health

ARMED: Although the legislation does not explicitly mention this requirement, the applicant must indicate on the application form whether he /she is has ever been declared mentally incompetent in a court of law and if so, has he/she received a court order restoring the applicant to capacity and waited at least five (5) years from the date of that court order to make this application?  The application also asks if the applicant has been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to a mental institution or mental health treatment facility within the last five years.

 

See:SGP-APP-01 Security Guard Application v2 with Notice Combined.pdf

Criminal History Background Check

Armed: 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

Enhanced Carry –Training Required

This option allows the person the privilege of carrying a concealed weapon in some of the prohibited areas listed in subsection 13 of MS Code §45-9-101, except for any place of nuisance (defined in MS Code §95-3-1), or any police, sheriff or highway patrol station or any detention facility, prison or jail. This does not, however, allow a person to violate a prohibition against carrying firearms posted by written notice.

For civilians applying for Enhanced Carry, they should have completed an 8-hour course of instruction by an instructor certified by the Department of Public Safety. A signed certificate acknowledging the satisfactory completion of this training needs to be attached to the application. Current and former members of the U.S. Armed forces who have completed military combat training with pistols or other handguns or had formal law enforcement training may substitute this training in lieu of the 8 hour training requirement. Retired law enforcement and corrections officers who have completed formal law enforcement training or completed military combat training with pistols or other handguns.

 

See:   Individual Firearm Permit Initial Application Instructions

Exam Requirement

None required.

Child Support

According to Miss. Code  § 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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