MISSOURI GUN LAWS

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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 some specially trained 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

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  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Only if issued after 8/27/13
  • Issuing state

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.

Oklahoma

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.

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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

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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

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

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  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

Lost or stolen firearms
No permit needed in Missouri

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
571.030

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
571.121

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

NO
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

It is legal to carry in the following areas;
  • State Parks:       YES - 10 CSR 90-2.020
  • State/National Forests:     YES - 3 CSR 10-7.432 (1)
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES - 3 CSR 10-7.432 (1)
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES

YES
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
571.107

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Missouri is a constitutional carry state, no permit is required to carry a firearm if you meet the requirements to possess a firearm.

“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


Contact


Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.

CityClayton, MO 63105

Phone (314) 615-4272

 

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Steve
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Steve

I am not a resident of Missouri, I will be passing through the state. My question is how do I legally transport my handgun in my vehicle? I don’t have a conceal carry permit as I am from Kentucky and we do not require one.

Melik White
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Melik White

I assume just like how I will have to when flying from Florida to Illinois to go visit Missouri. Enclosed in a locked box unloaded.

APC
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APC

Once in MO, you are welcome to remove, load and carry , its a free state, we honor all CCW licenses and permitless carry is lawful too. Just don’t carry w/o a CCW in any place posted or otherwise prohibited.

Melik White
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Melik White

Unfortunately, Illinois doesn’t honor Florida’s CCW.

APC
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APC

Welcome to MO. Anyone otherwise not prohibited from possessing arms may either carry concealed on their person except where prohibited or have a loaded firearm in their vehicle. No problem. Welcome to a free state!

Ken
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Ken

Is being able to carry concealed without a permit in Missouri, valid in other states?

APC
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APC

Ken, Do you mean can a MO resident carry w/o a license/permit in some other state? Only if that state allows permitless concealed carry. Best to know the laws of every state you intend on travelling through/to.

Michael
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Michael

Can a town in Missouri not permit the open or concealed carry of a firearm, going against the laws of the State of Missouri.?

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

If you have a CCW, local laws are superseded by the state law. No locality has the right to limit where and when you carry that’s different from outside the locality if you have a CCW. They can if you don’t have one.

Larry Brown
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Larry Brown

I have a son that is an addict that has threatened to punch me in the heart and stop it I have a bad heart as it is I pulled my firearm on him I didn’t know if he was going to punch me or not what are my consequences.

APC
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APC

Larry;
Sad to hear that your son is addicted. Since this is after the fact, I can only advise you to discuss this with an attorney. Best not to discuss the incident outside that protected relationship. Prayers for you and your son.

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

The other guy gave good advice. However, for future occasions, if you honestly believe your life is in danger, you probably won’t get charged for just drawing your weapon. Now it depends on where you live too. If you’re in a hostile Communist area such as Kansas City or STL, be VERY careful and do not make a habit of the firearm. Try non-lethal solutions first. Second, even if you’re in a free area where law enforcement would be more understanding, don’t draw your gun unless you’re going to use it or he may provoke you into doing it again… Read more »

Jmc
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Jmc

can you tell me to what effect, a conviction of assault 3 , would have on obtaining my CCW? I recieved a ticket for Assault 3 with no weapon or threat of life involved. My children’s drunk biological father tried to push past me into my home and I physically shoved him back out. Do I have an attorney lower it, or is it safe to see the judge if there’s no risk of affecting my future CCW application?

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

It’s only a misdemeanor. It’s not domestic violence so that’s the good news. However two things apply. First, you’ll be disqualified if you’re convicted of a crime that results an excess of 1 year in jail. Second, you’ll not be approved if you’ve plead guilty or been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to violence in the past five years. It’s not the end of the world though since you can generally carry without one now.
https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/misdemeanor-assault-missouri.htm

APC
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APC

Often the question arises regarding concealed carry on/in school grounds. Missouri concealed carry license law specifically does not authorize concealed carry on/in school grounds, (571.070.1) however it does specifically declare that a licensee who so does is not violating the concealed carry prohibitions in general. It is one of the 17 “exempted locations/premises ” found in 571.107.10 So, the question remains- “can you (a CCW licensee) carry into a school?” Short answer is yes, however if you are found and you refuse to leave and a peace officer is called, you can be arrested/cited etc as the situation may warrant.… Read more »

Giin
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Giin

So does the Missouri law override the federal no guns at schools law? Confused at how these two layers interact.

APC
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APC

The Fed “Gun Free School Zones” law specifically exempts those who hold state issued CCW licenses, in accordance with state laws of course.

https://www.atf.gov/file/58691/download

Giin
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Giin

Appreciate the reply.

Jmc
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Jmc

can you tell me to what effect, a conviction of assault 3 , would have on obtaining my CCW? I recieved a ticket for Assault 3 with no weapon or threat of life involved. My children’s drunk biological father tried to push past me into my home and I physically shoved him back out. Do I have an attorney lower it, or is it safe to see the judge if there’s no risk of affecting my future CCW application?

Tiana
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Tiana

I, recently, relocated from TN to MO. I have a TN gun permit. What steps should I take now that I am a MO resident?

APC
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APC

Get a MO CCW license. Laws of TN and MO differ enough to be in your best interest to obtain the certification and license. Plus, your TN license may even be invalid now that you are no longer a TN resident…. Some may encourage you to carry via the “constitutional carry” provisions, however, a quick read through the CCW laws will tell you that there are many benefits of obtaining a license vice not that is well worth the $100-200 or so to get the CCW license.

MickeyMouse
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MickeyMouse

Depending where you live go to your local sheriff’s office and they will gladly help you.

Jake
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Jake

Do I have to give up my 2nd amendment right because my girlfriend is a felon? My guns are under lock and key at all times and I have my ccs.

APC
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APC

The short answer regarding your question is … it depends. Since it is a felony to provide a felon arms/ammo, it is also a felony to allow access- intentional or incidental; so how do you assure that she has no access to any weapons or ammo? Combination locks?Keys? Already proven in court to be nonprotected undeterminable restrictions to access ( hint hint wink wink these really my gun safe keys/ you don’t know the combo right, right?) Biometric locks-maybe

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

I don’t know where you live, but I would only keep the firearms I carry or use for home defense even functional (and still under lock and key.) For the hunting/range toys, I’d keep them in a non-functional state so if she were in possession of them somehow or you forgot to lock it back up (and you didn’t show her how to reassemble them) that may help a little. Also, just try to stay out of trouble and keep her out of trouble at all costs. One day, being a felon won’t mean you lose your rights.

Jason
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Jason

So, if i go in to the military, and apply while on leave in Missouri, is a resident permit valid in states with reciprocity while my mailing address is in Missouri, but my physical address may or may not be (will probably not be)?

APC
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APC

No, residents in MO only get a MO CCW. If you are n a PCS (stationed) in MO, you are a resident. On leave, you are a visitor.

Ted Avesing
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Ted Avesing

Ok im moving from gun law capitol Illinois and I want to know when I move to springfield do I need to register my weapons with the police/sheriff . from what I read it seems like a no but just want to double check myself

APC
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APC

Ted, welcome to a free state! NO, no registration of any arms other than federally restricted item ( and then only with the feds). Toss your shredded FOID crap in the wide Mississippi as you emigrate west!

Kenneth Matheny
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Kenneth Matheny

Can a out of state gun permit holder purchase a gun in Missouri?

APC
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APC

Yes, maybe… Fedlaw allows long gun purchase & possession anywhere, handgun purchase but take possession in your home state. via local FFL. Some states forbid any out of state purchases…. Gotta know your state, the intended state and fed law. In MO a CCW does not alleviate any purchase requirements

LANCE D FORD
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LANCE D FORD

You can buy it out of state but you have to have it sent to a licensed dealer to get per session of it in Missouri. Or it was like that 3 years ago

Ann Walters
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Ann Walters

I heard you will be able to get a life time CCW. When does that go into effect. I am about to renew mine but will wait if this is coming soon

APC
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APC

Since 2017 If I recall. Beware that some states do not recognize that form of CCW permit-

Aaron
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Aaron

Are you able to carry a loaded Ar15 style rifle with high capacity magazine in your vehicle? It would be concealed and I also have my CCW

John smith
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John smith

May want to check with capacity limitations first.

James
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James

If the AR15 style rifle just had a standard magazine, would it be legal to carry in your vehicle? I have the same question about a loaded shotgun (concealed or not) carried in your vehicle. I have my CCW

APC
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APC

Here’s a link to the Revised statutes of Missouri- look it up and let us all know.
http://revisor.mo.gov/main/Home.aspx

James
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James

I live in Missouri but just moved and cant get a drivers licnese till i get mail to my missouri address can i still concealed carry even tho i live in missouri but have a illinois drivers license

APC
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APC

In MO, if you have an out of state CCW/CCL from any other state, it is valid. Additionally, one can carry w/o a CCW/CCL if otherwise not federally prohibited. Welcome to MO. Once you get a residence established, get your MO CCW and enjoy the added liberties of having one. If you look through these forum posts, you will see that unlicensed carry has more restrictions than licensed.

Kevin Hardy
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Kevin Hardy

So I have been doing research as a first time gun buyer for hone defense, but I haven’t seem to get a straight answer yet.. so what is the legal age to purchase a handgun from a retailer in Missouri?

Rhock Johnson
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Rhock Johnson

21yrs old to purchase but can own at 19 & get ccw at 19 if take hunters safety course,this is my understanding from what I’ve read & heard

APC
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APC

Indeed, federal law says 21 to buy a handgun.

Philip Anderson
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Philip Anderson

I read somewhere that missouri is a state that had made it illegal to enforce federal gun restrictions. It said missouri is protecting the second amendment by giving back the citizens of missouri unadulterated rights to own guns. Is there any truth to this? Thank you!

Truman
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Truman

That bill has passed the Missouri Senate, but has not passed the rest of the way yet. But, if passed, the bill would allow Missouri to reject and not follow federal laws/regulations previously made. This would, I would assume, the federal ban on fully automatic weapons, the need for a federal tax stamp to purchase a suppressor, or anything else federally mandated.

Matthew young
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Matthew young

Read my comment above please.

Matthew young
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Matthew young

I read the same, but goto a recent podcast from Missouri Firearms Coalition and it hasn’t made it to the floor yet because of them being on spring break. In other words #fakenews

Rhock Johnson
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Rhock Johnson

Yes this is a bill that’s going thru the house but haven’t heard of it passing yet

John smith
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John smith

They have presented a bill SB 367 for Missouri to have and enforce only its interpretation of the second amendment and void the federal regulations. As of April 2019 it has yet to be passed.

Deano
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Deano

To purchase firearms anywhere, it’s good to have a “UPIN” Unique Personal Identification Number. You apply to the FBI.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Voluntary Appeal File
Post Offce Box 4278
Clarksburg, WV 26302-4278

98% you’ll get your gun at time of purchase by providing the FFL with your UPIN# as long a you have not been arrested for a crime since issued.

Bob
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Bob

Except now the government is even more in your business…

Catharine Locke
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Catharine Locke

I just moved here from Los Angeles and would like to know if I can use my California DL or passport to purchase a handgun here in MO?

Allan Johnson
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Allan Johnson

To buy a handgun, you have to be a legal Mo. Resident and DL with Mo address is the most common way of doing that. As a new Mo Resident you will need to get a new DL within so many days anyway. I think non-residents can buy long arms legally.

PNGScott
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PNGScott

I will be moving to Missouri from California in August. What do I need to do to have my gun legally in MO?

Anothercivilian
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Anothercivilian

Be able to own a firearm according to the federal regulations. That’s it.

Allan Johnson
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Allan Johnson

Nothing!

guest
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guest

within 30 days you must obtain a Missouri Drivers License.

JohnnyB
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JohnnyB

I moved here from California a year ago, back then I only had 2 guns, now I have 8. Waiting period for buying a firearm, 25min. Welcome to the Midwest! It’s glorious here!

Pablo
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Pablo

If I’m in he military do I still need to do the required 8 hr course for the ccw?

Ben
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Ben

Most likely they will accept your military training in lieu of most of all of the CCW course. However you will have to check with the permit office to be sure.

Anothercivilian
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Anothercivilian

Yes

APC
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APC

Pablo, in MO you need a trainers certification and that requires the full 8 hrs of class time and a live fire familiarization and qualification. In MO you apply to the county sheriff where you live, they have a list of approved trainers. You obtain the training, then bring the training certification to the SD, proceed from there. There is no provision for a short cut etc.