Mississippi has weak gun laws and has one of the highest gun death rates in the United States. Mississippi does not require a person to pass a criminal background check before purchasing a firearm from an unlicensed seller.
The state also does not require a person to obtain a permit before carrying concealed handguns in public, meaning that a person in Mississippi can get a gun and carry it concealed in public without ever passing a criminal background check or taking firearm training. Mississippi also allows people with certain permits to carry concealed handguns at K-12 schools and on university and college campuses.
To become a safer state, Mississippi can enact an Extreme Risk law to empower loved ones or law enforcement to intervene in order to temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms.
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