The Advanced Guide (2018)

If you want to stay on the right side of the law then you are in the best place for Missouri gun laws.
This page has all the info you will need to be a responsible gun owner in a gun friendly state like Missouri.
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Missouri became a constitutional carry state in January 2017. No permit is required to openly or conceal carry a firearm but the state still issues permits on a "Shall Issue" basis for reciprocity with other states. There is no requirement to register firearms or obtain a purchase permit and school employees are allowed to carry firearms on school grounds. Permits are issued at the local level by county sheriffs to residents only who must be at least 19 years old.

Missouri CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced SEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry YES
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Missouri CCW Reciprocity


  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Only if issued after 8/27/13
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How Reciprocity Works in Missouri

All CCW permits from other states are honored by Missouri. Six states have written reciprocity agreements with Missouri and 27 states will honor a Missouri permit without a written agreement.

The six states that have a written agreement with Missouri are; Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Further information on reciprocity can be obtained from the official state website.


If you are a resident of Missouri then you are permitted to carry a firearm in Oklahoma without any permit. You must have a state issued ID on you at all times you carry a firearm in Oklahoma.

Missouri Reciprocity State's

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Residential Permits Only
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, Guam, New York City, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia

  • Wisconsin will only honor Missouri permits that were issued after 8/23/13.
  • Virginia will only honor a Missouri permit if the holder is 21 years or older.
571.030 and 571.107 - Reciprocity

Missouri Handgun Permit

Missouri Gun Policy

Unrestricted, Shall Issue

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CCW Permit Overview
To obtain a concealed carry permit you must be at least 19 years old (18 if in the military) and have passed a firearms training course. The application must be made in your county of residence. Extended and lifetime permits are available but are not valid in other states whereas the standard 5 year permit is honored by other states.

Non-Resident Permits

Non-resident permits are only available to persons who are on active military duty or veterans that are at least 18 years old and stationed in Missouri. The spouses of active military personnel can also apply for a permit if they are at least 19 years old and reside in the state.

Handgun Training

One of the requirements for a permit is that you complete 8 hours of a firearms training course with a certified instructor before filing your application. Part of the training can be taken online with a NRA firearms safety course that is at least 1 hour long. The course must cover safe storage, marksmanship and the care and cleaning of your firearm. You would then present the courses certificate to another CCW trainer to complete the other subjects. There is no requirement to do 8 hours with the partial online course. But for those that have not done a online course they must complete 8 hours.


  • Must be at least 19 years old.
  • Citizen or resident of the United States.
  • Resident of Missouri.
  • Have taken a firearms training course.
  • Have not been convicted or plead guilty to a felony.
  • You are not a fugitive or charged with any crime punishable by more than one year.
  • You  have not plead guilty or been convicted of a misdemeanor such as a crime of violence, driving while under the influence, or possession of a controlled substance within the last 5 years.
  • Have not been judged mentally incompetent.
  • Do not have a dishonorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States.
  • Federal Law Requirements
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Missouri: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Missouri

  • Within twenty-five feet of any polling place on any election day
  • Law enforcement agency facilities
  • Any courthouse solely occupied by the circuit, appellate or supreme court, or any courtrooms, administrative offices, libraries or other rooms of any such court
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a unit of local government; or any meeting of the general assembly or a committee of the general assembly
  • Any adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison or jail
  • Any establishment licensed to dispense intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises
  • Any higher education institution or elementary or secondary school facility
  • Any area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property.
  • Any portion of a building used as a child care facility
  • Any riverboat gambling operation accessible by the public
  • Any gated area of an amusement park.
  • Any church or other place of religious worship
  • Any private property whose owner has posted the premises as being off-limits to concealed firearms
  • Any sports arena or stadium with a seating capacity of five thousand or more.
  • Any hospital accessible by the public
  • Public passenger bus
  • School bus
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Missouri

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Missouri Gun Laws

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Missouri Concealed Carry Laws

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Missouri state capitol building

Missouri Gun Laws To Know

YES – Without a permit
A weapon may be carried without a permit anywhere in a vehicle, even concealed on the person.

The Law

NO – Must Inform Officer
There is nothing in Missouri gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.

You are legally required to carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

The Law


It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks:       YES10 CSR 90-2.020
  • State/National Forests:     YES3 CSR 10-7.432 (1)
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES3 CSR 10-7.432 (1)
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
Missouri gun laws are a bit confusing on “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. However, according to the law, you only commit an offense if you refuse to leave the property after being asked to do so, or repeat the offense in a set period of time.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a permit
Open carry is legal without a permit in Missouri. Local authorities can regulate open carry if a person does not have a CCW permit. If a person does have a CCW permit then they are entitled to open carry anywhere that is not on the prohibited places list and local authorities are by law not allowed to place any restrictions on them.

The Law
Title III 21.750

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
You can carry in a restaurant but not if you are intoxicated.

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law

Missouri is a constitutional carry state.
“Every person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state”
(Art. I, § 6)
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Missouri Off-Limit Statutes

Other Missouri CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Other Missouri Gun Laws

Private Sales
There are no background checks required for the private sale of firearms. Buyers must be at least 18 years old and provide some form of state ID to the seller.

No registration or purchase permits are required to buy a handgun or long gun.

Missouri CCW FAQ's

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Missouri CCW Contact

St. Louis County Police Department
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Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.

CityClayton, MO 63105

Phone (314) 615-4272

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Your website is wrong. YES, you can open carry in Missouri without a permit or CCW.


Under the MISSOURI Requirements section, I believe you have mistakenly typed MICHIGAN in 5 different places. And I don’t understand why Michigan’s Contacts and State Police HQ info is listed on the Missouri page.


Can you carry, ccw, in the St Louis city limits and the zoo?

Bonnie J Allen
Bonnie J Allen

Can a public official carry a firearm? I.E., can a member of a board such as 911 serve as a police officer and carry a gun?

John B
John B

I have a slightly pressing question. My step daughters father recently passes away in NY. He had a small collection of handguns (7) all of which were permitted and registered. My step daughter woul like me to “hold onto them” until she gets the required NYS permit. What is the protocol for transferring them to me without being placed on the ATF list for acquiring a large amount of handguns in a short timeframe?


What if you took the ccw and have not went and gotten a permit does the paper expire

Elayne Russell
Elayne Russell

Can I carry a handgun registered to my husband? I have a concealed carry permit from St. Louis county.


so for some reason these laws confuse me a bit, so im 19 and am looking to purchase a handgun for self defense i would like to practice and lawfully carry but im not 100% clear on the law of it well being ok… I guess my question is, is it ok for me and if so how do i go about purchasing one and if able to obtain a ccw how would i go about that as well?


Federal law requires someone to be at least 21 to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer, but only 18 in most places to buy a long gun. In some states — mostly rural places with a strong tradition of hunting — you can buy a rifle at the age of 14 or 16.Feb 16, 2018


Is it legal to open carry a handgun if you are 18? I know you can legally own one at 18 and the OC law does not include a minimum age so is the minimum age just the age of possession for OC?

Jenna Edwards
Jenna Edwards

Hey my name is Jenna ok so let me get this straight I live in cass county Missouri I do not have a ccw. Does that mean I have to keep my gun concealed at all times or can I open carry?? I’ve been reading so much I’m confused I want to get everything covered correctly


I will soon be taking a trip into Missouri and Arkansas.

I have a CC permit in Oklahoma and carry daily, everywhere I am allowed.

What are the requirements for carrying in both Missouri and Arkansas?


I have an Illinois CCW. Is it legal to conceal carry in St. Louis?

Brett Strickland
Brett Strickland

If I am not from Missouri, can i carry

David C Parsons
David C Parsons

Can you use your CCW to stop a robbery

T. Whittle
T. Whittle

If I am at someone else’s property who has no rights to pick up my 11 yr child who was staying there after she called me and male becomes violent and makes physical contact with me hits her dad and refuses to let her leave. Do I have the right to stand my ground. For all our safety?