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Most people are aware that if you commit a felony in Mississippi, you will lose your gun rights. However, there are a number of additional offenses that can also take away your right to bear arms – including certain misdemeanors. In addition, federal felonies that you may not even be aware of can prohibit you from purchasing or owning a firearm. Fortunately, it may be possible to regain your firearms rights under certain circumstances. 

Any Felony in Mississippi Can Affect Second Amendment Rights

Any felony conviction will prevent you from owning, purchasing, or using firearms and ammunition in Mississippi. Examples of common felonies in Mississippi include:

The 2023 St. Paddy’s Day parade in downtown Jackson took a tragic turn when two people were shot and killed. The suspect, Jordan Kyle Cummins, was arrested by Capitol Police. This incident sheds light on the gun violence problem in Mississippi. According to WAPT News, two victims were shot and killed around 1:00 p.m. during the parade festivities. Authorities said that Cummins was taken into custody without incident. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi has had a higher gun mortality rate than any other state in the country. In 2020, Mississippi had a death rate of 28.6%, and with all of the gun related deaths that are on the news, it is likely that this number hasn’t decreased since 2020.

The Most Common Gun Crime Charges in Mississippi 

Both defendants and prosecutors can call upon witnesses to testify during criminal trials – but what happens if that witness is an artificial intelligence rather than a human being? One might argue that AIs are inherently more reliable witnesses, and they are not subject to factors like bias or faulty memories. On the other hand, you might argue that AIs are fully capable of making mistakes, misinterpreting facts, and generally providing unreliable information. Whatever the case may be, prosecutors and authorities are already beginning to rely on AI for law enforcement purposes. How does this affect Mississippi residents?

The Authorities are Already Using AI to Pursue Suspects

The truth is that the use of AI in law enforcement is not a “theory” – it is already being used in states like Mississippi. There is a wide range of AI tools currently being used by law enforcement officials throughout the nation. 

In a world where startling incidents shake the foundations of safety, recent events serve as a grim reminder of the potential dangers lurking around every corner. Take, for instance, the astonishing case of a 7-year-old child who brought a gun to a Grand Rapids, Michigan elementary school. According to CNN, fortunately, the gun was unloaded, sparing the school from what could have been a catastrophic event. Yet, this incident has sparked urgent discussions about the implications of irresponsible gun ownership, raising questions about the potential legal consequences for parents whose children gain access to firearms.

A Troubling Trend

The Grand Rapids incident is not an isolated occurrence. Cast your mind back to January when an elementary school teacher in Newport News, Virginia found herself at the receiving end of a terrifying surprise—a 6-year-old student armed with a gun concealed within his backpack. Shockingly, this was not an isolated event either. Just one week later, another elementary school student was discovered with a loaded handgun. These spine-chilling occurrences, combined with the ever-increasing incidents of mass shootings plaguing the United States, have prompted some school districts to take drastic measures, even going so far as to ban backpacks altogether.

I have a Mississippi Medical Cannabis Card, can I still be charged with a DUI due to being under the influence marijuana?

Yes, approved medical cannabis/marijuana cardholders can still be charged with a DUI for driving a vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Additionally, the operation of a watercraft while under the influence of marijuana is also a BUI (Boating Under the Influence) chargeable offense. In the state’s passing of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, the DUI laws under Section 63-11-30 and Section 59-23-7 were amended to include the act as being fully a part of and subject to the same driving under the influence rules. That means that the same rules and penalties apply if you are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, even if you have a medical marijuana card.

When did Mississippi legalize medical marijuana?

Mississippi gun laws, since 2012, have changed to become some of the most pro second amendment in the country. The Governor of Mississippi has signed a Bill allowing Mississippians to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. The new laws have created confusion among several Mississippi gun owners about their gun rights.

In relatively short order since Republicans took control of the Legislature in 2012, Mississippi’s gun laws have changed from fairly restrictive to among the most permissive in the country.

On April 15, Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a measure making Mississippi one of 11 states that allows “constitutional carry,” or carrying a concealed firearm without a state-issued concealed carry permit. However, there are still caveats as to how and where someone can carry a concealed gun without a permit.

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