2006 Regular Session
To: Judiciary, Division B
By: Senator(s) Harden
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-37-14, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT IT SHALL BE AN ACT OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY TO POSSESS A HANDGUN FOR PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 YEARS WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-37-14, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-37-14. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is an act of delinquency for any person who has not attained the age of twenty-one (21) years knowingly to have any handgun in such person's possession.
(2) This section shall not apply to:
(a) Any person who is:
(i) In attendance at a hunter's safety course or a firearms safety course; or
(ii) Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located or any other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited; or
(iii) Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized group under 501(c)(3) as determined by the federal Internal Revenue Service which uses firearms as a part of such performance; or
(iv) Hunting or trapping pursuant to a valid license issued to such person by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks or as otherwise allowed by law; or
(v) Traveling with any handgun in such person's possession being unloaded to or from any activity described in subparagraph (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) of this paragraph (a) and paragraph (b).
(b) Any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who is on real property under the control of an adult and who has the permission of such adult to possess a handgun.
(3) This section shall not apply to any person who uses a handgun or other firearm to lawfully defend himself from imminent danger at his home or place of domicile and any such person shall not be held criminally liable for such use of a handgun or other firearm.
(4) For the purposes of this section, "handgun" means a pistol, revolver or other firearm of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged, the length of the barrel of which, not including any revolving, detachable or magazine breech, is less than sixteen (16) inches.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.