As a criminal defense attorney in Southaven, Mississippi, most cases I see involving weapon or gun possession charges often are based in the misunderstanding of gun laws, be it by the carrier or law enforcement.
Last month, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood attempted to clarify the state’s newest gun law, hopefully eliminating much of the confusion. Hood said gun owners with enhanced permits may take their concealed weapons to places like voting booths, government meetings, or state airports.
The difference between a regular permit and enhanced permit is that, to obtain an enhanced concealed carry permit, you must go through a firearms training course.
Hood listed 13 places in the opinion where enhanced permit holders may bring a concealed weapon in Mississippi, even if signage prohibiting weapons in the location have already been posted. These include:
- Airport passenger terminals
- Voting places
- Government meetings
- College sporting events
Hood believes this latest explanation summarizes a rather convoluted gun law, particularly the enhanced carry statutes.
DeSoto County and its cities put signs up in public buildings after the latest gun law allowing weapons that are not concealed went into effect, according to a recent article from the DeSoto Times-Tribune.
If you have questions about Mississippi or DeSoto County gun laws or have been charged with a crime for gun or weapon possession, contact our Southaven office right away for the help you need.
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