Quick Legal Facts
It is a violation to carry concealed any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and/or switchblade knife with some exceptions.
Minors may not carry or possess deadly weapons.
Weapons are not permitted on "educational property."
The Mississippi State Constitution recognizes and preserves the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms.
The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.
MS Const. Art. 3, § 12
The Mississippi laws concerning possession and carrying of knives may be found at Chapter 37 (Weapons and Explosives) of Title 97 (Crimes) of the Mississippi Code.
In the State of Mississippi there are no illegal knives.
It is a violation to carry concealed any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and/or switchblade knife.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in 45-9-101, [applies only to pistols and/ or revolvers] any person who carries concealed on or about one’s person, any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife, metallic knuckles, blackjack, slingshot, pistol, revolver, . . . or uses or attempts to use against another person any imitation firearm, shall, upon conviction, be punished as follows:
(2) It shall not be a violation of this section for any person over the age of eighteen (18) years to carry a firearm or deadly weapon concealed within the confines of his own home or his place of business, or any real property associated with his home or business or within any motor vehicle.
(3) It shall not be a violation of this section for any person to carry a firearm or deadly weapon concealed if the possessor of the weapon is then engaged in a legitimate weapon-related sports activity or is going to or returning from such activity. For purposes of this subsection, ‘legitimate weapon-related sports activity’ means hunting, fishing, target shooting or any other legal activity which normally involves the use of a firearm or other weapon.
(4) For the purposes of this section, ‘concealed’ means hidden or obscured from common observation and shall not include any weapon listed in subsection (1) of this section, including, but not limited to, a loaded or unloaded pistol carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster that is wholly or partially visible, or carried upon the person in a scabbard or case for carrying the weapon that is wholly or partially visible.
Miss. Code § 97-37-1 (Emphasis added.)
Mississippi’s laws on concealment, as described above in subsections (2) through (4), offer significant protections to knife owners. Unlike many states, under Mississippi law possession of a knife within a motor vehicle does not constitute concealed carry. Moreover, it is legal to carrying a bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife and/ or switchblade knife in a sheath, scabbard or case that is at least partially visible. There is also an exception for legitimate weapons-related sports activity.
Also, Mississippi enacted a series of statutory defenses to its concealed carry law that, among other things, protects the right to self-defense, the right to carry while traveling, and the right to engage in sporting activities:
Any person indicted or charged for a violation of Section 97-37-1 may show as a defense:
(a) That he was threatened, and had good and sufficient reason to apprehend a serious attack from an enemy, and that he did so apprehend; or
(b)That he was traveling and was not a tramp, or was setting out on a journey and was not a tramp; or
(h) That he was lawfully engaged in legitimate sports;
Miss. Code § 97-37-9. (Emphasis added.) There are additional defenses that apply to specific classes of persons such as the military, security officers, mail carriers, couriers, police officers, and persons in pursuit of felons.
Unless it is necessary self-defense, Mississippi law provides that it is illegal to exhibit in a threatening manner or brandish “any dirk, dirk-knife, sword, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon, or other weapon the carrying of which concealed is prohibited by Section 97-37-1.” Miss Code, 97-37-19.
Minors may not carry or possess deadly weapons identified in § 97-37-1(1). There are exceptions. §§ 97-37-14, 15.
Weapons are not permitted on “educational property.” § 97-37-17.