There is no MS LAW, Statute, or requirement to notify LEO that you have a weapon in your vehicle. However, it is wise and a smart thing to do. I know of a lot of people inside and outside of LE that "suggest" that is the smart thing to do. However, if the officer told you he could have arrested you for attempted murder for carrying a concealed weapon in your vehicle and not notifying him, he was incorrect.
Ironicly I came across this forum tonight. I am from Biloxi, MS and I had a similar thing happen to me in Ocean Springs, MS (same county as Moss Point). I dont know what the deal is with the cops over there but I got stopped on the Ocean Springs/Biloxi bridge for no tag on my car (i was on my way to get a tag) and when stopped i informed the officer of my Rossi .38 Spc in my center console loaded of course and he gave me the third degree like i was some street thug. I will grant you I am a young man 24 years old but I am not a felon, on drugs or have any reason why I cant legally own or carry a firearm. He informed me that if I did not disclose the fact that I was carrying he could have arrested me for Attempted Murder. Does anyone know the Ms Code on carrying concealed weapons in my vehicle? I am going to file a report on this officer and if need be i will go as high as I can.
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Thank yall for reading my post and I have his badge # on a ticket for no seat belt (because obviously he had to write me for something)
I am assuming by your account that you made no sudden moves to get the weapon or threaten the officer, that you are not a felon, do not have a history of mental problems, and have no Domestic Violence convictions. If those assumptions are correct, the following laws should have applied. I am not a lawyer and this shouldn't be used as legal advice.
§ 97-37-1. Deadly weapons; carrying while concealed; use or attempt to use; penalties.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in Section 45-9-101, any person who carries, concealed in whole or in part, any bowie knife, dirk knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife, metallic knuckles, blackjack, slingshot, pistol, revolver, or any rifle with a barrel of less than sixteen (16) inches in length, or any shotgun with a barrel of less than eighteen (18) inches in length, machine gun or any fully automatic firearm or deadly weapon, or any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not it is accompanied by a firearm, or uses or attempts to use against another person any imitation firearm, shall upon conviction be punished as follows:
(a) By a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six (6) months, or both, in the discretion of the court, for the first conviction under this section.
(b) By a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), and imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than six (6) months, for the second conviction under this section.
(c) By confinement in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years, for the third or subsequent conviction under this section.
(d) By confinement in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than one (1) year nor more than ten (10) years for any person previously convicted of any felony who is convicted under this section.
(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 in whole or in part 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 in whole or in part 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 sports activity which normally involves the use of a firearm or other weapon.