Mississippi: Unarmed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Mississippi


The main website references MS § 97-37-7, but this appears to contain no information on unarmed security guards.

See: https://www.driverservicebureau.dps.ms.gov/Firearms/Home

Authorizing Department

Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Jackson

Jackson Headquarters

1900 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601) 987-1593

Mailing Address:
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205

Official Website

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.

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

Must be at least 18 years of age.


No baseline requirement.


None required.


None for Unarmed explicitly .

Permit Required

A security guard permit is required if armed alone.

Requirement to carry an ID card

No baseline requirement

Moral Character

No baseline requirement.


None except in the context of firearm permits.

Substance Abuse

No baseline requirement.

Mental Health

No baseline requirement.

Criminal History Background Check

No baseline requirement.

Personal References

None required.

Training Requirements

None required.

Exam Requirement

None required.

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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