Over 790,000 Mississippi residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, many will be die as a result of domestic violence related murders. Although Mississippi doesn’t publicly report domestic violence- or intimate partner-related fatality statistics including mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Mississippi does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or persons subject to domestic abuse protection orders. Mississippi does not require removal of firearms from persons subject to domestic abuse protection orders.