I'm no lawyer but, I would seem that you can only "bear" ,according to the MS
Constitution, a rifle over 16 inch barrel and a shotgun over 18 inch barrel.
I.E open carry as the law is currently interpreted.
As to being clear, I don't think the authorities want to be clear.
The easiest way out of this would be to drop the concealed "in part".
Then you could carry openly a pistol, shotgun, rifle like the state constitution clearly
grants. If you have it completely concealed get a carry permit.
Also the Mississippi Code allows you to carry concealed temporarily even without
a permit if you fit into one of these definitions:
97-37-9. Deadly weapons; defenses against indictment for carrying deadly weapon.
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 any 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
(c) that he was a law enforcement or peace officer in the discharge of his duties; or
(d) that he was at the time in the discharge of his duties as a mail carrier; or
(e) that he was at the time engaged in transporting valuables for an express company or bank; or
(f) that he was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, National Guard, State Militia, Emergency Management Corps, guard or patrolman in a state or municipal institution while in the performance of his official duties; or
(g) that he was in lawful pursuit of a felon; or
(h) that he was lawfully engaged in legitimate sports; or
(i) that at the time he was a company guard, bank guard, watchman, or other person enumerated in Section 97-37-7
It appears to me that you can do what you want with any gun in your house, car or
business. You can carry concealed without permit if engaged in any of the above. If
you carry a pistol concealed in whole or part you need a CC. Finally, if its a shotgun
or rifle you can carry openly, at least according to the MS Constitution, Bill of Rights.
I don't know how the law enforcement would react to you having a shotgun or rifle s
slung over your back and traveling about doing your normal business. I don't think
its a big deal if someone did, it would be kinda like walking around a gun show,
except in public. In my opinion exactly as it should be in light of the MS Constitution
and in light of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
btw...look at the defenses I highlighted in green. Those could be used in a lot of
different ways to defend yourself from a charge of carrying a concealed weapon,
rendering the law practically irrelevant. But, you may have to go to court to prove it.