While Mississippi and other states have their own laws regarding the possession of firearms, federal laws exist that apply nationwide. Violating these laws can lead to serious consequences, including mandatory minimum sentences and the loss of certain civil rights for a conviction. It is important for those who desire to purchase, own or carry a weapon to understand the laws related to that weapon and the potential outcome for firearms offenses.
Not everyone is permitted to possess a gun. For example, federal law prohibits the reception or possession of a firearm by any of the following people, among others:
- Those who are addicted to illegal drugs
- Those who have been convicted or are under indictment for a criminal offense carrying a sentence of at least one year incarceration
- Those who are in the U.S. unlawfully or who have renounced their U.S. citizenship
- Those who are under a restraining order or who have been convicted of a domestic violence crime
Additionally, even those who are not among those prohibited by law from possessing firearms may not have a weapon, even with a permit, if they are in federal buildings such as courthouses, prisons, military bases or post offices. Despite the laws in Mississippi that respect one’s constitutional right to possess a gun, it is still possible to face charges for state or federal firearms offenses. When this happens, it is critical have solid, experienced legal assistance.