Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Mississippi

Women And Handgun Shooting Mississippi MS

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Mississippi, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Mississippi, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Mississippi?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Mississippi who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Mississippi. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Mississippi

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Mississippi and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Mississippi, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Mississippi that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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The State Constitutional Provision of Mississippi states: “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.”

On July 1, a new law giving Mississippi residents the right to openly carry firearms without the need of a gun permit went into effect. During a two-hour block of instruction and education on the Open Carry Law, area law enforcement officers were given guidance on how the new law will impact their jobs and how to deal with citizens walking around with firearms at their side. "This new law will result in quite a few calls from the general public as they notice more guns being carried out in the open," said Ward Calhoun, chief deputy of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "But for the purpose of this session, it is all about the effect the law will have on us as law enforcement personnel."

The State of Mississippi currently has two types of Concealed Carry Permits (CCP).  The first concealed carry permit is actually called a Firearms Permit.   A Mississippi Firearms Permit is relatively easy to obtain and requires no formal firearms training.  However, there are some limitations on where you can and cannot carry your firearm with this permit.  The second permit type is called an Enhanced Carry Permit.  To get the Enhanced Carry Permit a resident must attend a formal firearms training course from an instructor certified by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The Enhanced Carry Permit greatly reduces the limitations on where you are legally able to carry your firearm.

The new Mississippi law that went into effect in June, 2013 has sparked controversy between gun rights and gun control groups. The new law clarifies the state’s current gun laws to define concealed carry as a weapon being carried in a sheath that is not fully or partially visible.

Mississippi is historically a pro-gun state. Gun rights are even written into the state’s constitution, but the wording also specifies that the state can place restrictions on concealed and open carry.

As with most conservative states there is an upwelling of resentment against the federal government for trying to force their anti-gun agendas upon the states and their citizens, and Mississippi’s recent new pro-gun legislations is an overt statement in support of the second amendment. 

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The Mississippi Department of Public Safety shall issue a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver to a qualified applicant within 45 days. The license is valid for five years. Concealed carry is not allowed in a school, courthouse, police station, detention facility, government meeting place, polling place, establishment primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages, athletic event, parade or demonstration for which a permit is required, passenger terminal of an airport, "place of nuisance" as defined in Mississippi Code section 95–3–1, or a location where a sign is posted and clearly visible from at least ten feet away saying that the "carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited"

Mississippi state law now allows firearms to be openly carried without a permit. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, was celebrated by supporters as an important step to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. It essentially permits those who are not convicted felons to have on their person firearms that are visible.   

In an opinion issued June 13, 2013; Attorney General Jim Hood clarified some of the law’s details, in response to concerns from law enforcement about open carry being allowed in jails and courthouses. Hood said in his opinion that would be left up to individual county sheriffs, most of whom have already said they will not allow firearms unless they’re carried by law enforcement.

As many American began to feel the heat of President Obama's gun control legislation, the Mississippi legislature took steps to further expand gun rights in Mississippi. House Bill 2, which went into effect on July 1, 2013, expanded the current weapons statute, Mississippi Code Ann. 97-37-1, to allow citizens to openly carry firearms in public without requiring a concealed carry permit. In light of Mississippi's existing "Guns in Trunks" law and the recent expansion of state issued concealed carry permits, House Bill 2 is yet another pro-gun rights victory for all Mississippi residents.

Mississippi is one of many states that are taking a stand for second amendment rights in direct response to the Obama administrations attempts to strip our rights away and in trying to force their liberal agenda upon the states.

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