MISSOURI GUN LAWS

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 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

MISSOURI 2018

  • 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.

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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Residents

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

YES
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

frequently asked questions on missouri gun laws

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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Eric Eckert
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Eric Eckert

18 and in the military, getting my CCW makes it legal for me to concealed carry but what about open carry?

Mindy
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Mindy

Can you go and purchase a firearm with a pending felony but not guilty by the courts yet or on diversion/ probation ?

Shaun
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Shaun

Are you allowed to buy or be in possession of a firearm in Missouri if you have misdemenors from 16 years ago

Bryan
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Bryan

Yes, as long as you don’t have a current warrant for misdemeanors, they won’t stop you from owning a firearm.

APC
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APC

As in most questions- it depends- are these misdemeanors for domestic abuses/assault? Simple assault, speeding, DUI , theft -it depends. If your MSD is a Lautenberg violation, then no, you may not possess arms or ammunition…. see , it depends.

Grant
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Grant

What are the penalties in Missouri for carrying concealed in a bar or establishment that serves alcohol for over 51% of their business?

APC
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APC

RsMO 571.030- a person carries unlawfully…. 571.107 restrictions- including a premises that serves alcohol as more than 51% of their business…. Now, it is rather obvious ( or is it?) which premises garner more than 51% of their business from alcohol???? Example- local bar serves lots of lunches and dinners, but after 9pm, the grill closes and booze is the al la carte business, so is it lawful to vary there prior to 9 pm or not? I don’t knw the answer, but I do not frequent any places that serves booze as a main part of their business model-… Read more »

Dewey Hockett
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Dewey Hockett

In process in moving to mo from texas me and wife both have ltc (ccw) in Texas will be wanting to get it in mo. Is application and our state issued ltc card from texas and payment suffice to receive our mo ccw card?

APC
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APC

No. TX and MO laws differ enough. When I go to TX, I have to be familiar with TX CCW laws and vice versa. You’ll need to obtain MO training certification, then apply for the license. I would expect no different from any state, as self defense laws can and do vary considerably. Enjoy the training, get your license, in the meanwhile, carry under your TX paper.

KMM
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KMM

I can’t answer your question directly, but Missouri has reciprocity with Texas so you are allowed to carry under that permit until you establish residency. Missouri residents can, but are not required, to obtain a CCW permit due to constitutional carry. Any resident legally allowed to own or posses a firearm may carry it concealed without a permit. A MO CCW permit allows you to carry in states with reciprocity and a few other minor benefits.

Terry
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Terry

Why does Missouri honor states like Oregon, Washington, and Nevada? When they will not honor Missouri.

APC
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APC

Because MO legislators recognize that doing so would not help visitors from those states while in MO, Our policy is to be the bigger person…. However, the MO AG has conferred with every states AG regarding CCW reciprocity, some are just stupid little folks or their laws prohibit reciprocity…

Jeff
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Jeff

I took a CCW class earlier this year and received the certificate , but never have applied for my permit . Is there a expiration on the class or can I still apply for my permit.

Slim
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Slim

If I live in Texas but visit MO. For the summer am I legally allowed to conceal carry without a permit, as a 20 year old, non residence?

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

You can NOT conceal with out a permit.

APC
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APC

Umm, Certainly a person can carry a concealed weapon lawfully…. However, the 571.107 restrictions fully apply. Whereas a holder of a CCW license may carry into these premises and not be charged with the crime of illegally carry a concealable weapon, a non-licensee who so does is guilty of a felony crimes…. “Permitless concealed carry” went into effect on 1 Jan 2017. 571.030. Unlawful use of weapons — exceptions — penalties. — 1. A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons, except as otherwise provided by sections 571.101 to 571.121, if he or she knowingly:   (1) Carries… Read more »

APC
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APC

Missouri law does not differentiate between residents/non residents in this matter. If you are not a prohibited person federally , you are lawfully entitled to carry w/o a license if otherwise not in violation… 571.030. Unlawful use of weapons — exceptions — penalties. — 1. A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons, except as otherwise provided by sections 571.101 to 571.121, if he or she knowingly:   (1) Carries concealed upon or about his or her person a knife, a firearm, a blackjack or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use into any area where firearms… Read more »

David Dornan
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David Dornan

We The People need to petition our Congress to repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968!!!!! Demand change to allow non violent felons to own and possess firearms for the protection of person, family, and country!!!!!

Sean
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Sean

I am a 20 year old active duty soldier from Missouri. When I am home on leave are there counties or towns I may not open or conceal carry in? If so is there a list somewhere I can access? Any help would be appreciated

Sean
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Sean

Edit* I do not have a CCW

APC
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APC

Sean; Thanks for your service ( from a retired Army Major). No, there is no comprehensive list of what you are asking. When home on leave next time, get your CCW license and be done with the tomfoolery of idiots in the villages! With a CCWL, pretty much the state is yours, regarding concealed carry. Personally I do not recommend open carry except for when afield hunting… In the meantime, study the laws via the links posted in the threads on tis forum…. Gotta know the laws personally.

George
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George

People keep telling me I can’t carry ammo in the car in the same spot as the gun is that true

gerald clifton scott
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gerald clifton scott

yes you can. also In the firearm . carry loaded is legal- Illinois has separate gun ammo law

Christian
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Christian

I know this may be a stupid question, but here goes. I am 18, and for my 16th birthday my dad bought a Ruger 9E for me. although he had to purchase it under his name and all that. So here is my question, since I’m 18 can I legally open carry, or is the age for open carry 19 like the age to obtain the CCW? thanks for any help!

P. Neesman
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P. Neesman

Christian, I’m sure someone more informed will eventually answer your question; but, from what I read here, you should not carry, open or concealed, until you are 19 years old. Then you can get a CC permit and will not be in danger of going afoul of any local ordinances (especially if you live in the suburbs of St. Louis or KC). Hopefully your dad taught you the proper and safe use of that Ruger, but if not, please get the proper training. Good luck and be safe.

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

You have to be 19 years old or 18 and in the military brunch to legally carry. It’s on the requirements if you read it.

Dawson Reid
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Dawson Reid

Can you carry with a laser on your pistol.

APC
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APC

Yes. You sound like you need to attend a CCW course and become much more familiar with the whole equation.

Isaiah
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Isaiah

Can I carry a pistol at 19 with my ccw

APC
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APC

Isaiah, Sounds like you have a CCW license, right? Did the instructor(s) not thoroughly teach you the laws concerning who may carry concealed? I recommend you review the materials they provided, and go to the web links you can find in previous messages on this forum and read the laws. Print them and learn them, they are the thin line that prevents you from likely becoming a felon…. If you have not undergone the certification training, I recommend you find a local instructor ( your county Sherriff has a list of certified instructors, or they even have officers/attorneys that offer… Read more »

MarquIs Emanuel Hill
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MarquIs Emanuel Hill

I just bought a handgun from a legal gun shop.they ran a background check and i signed paperwork saying its mine i bought it and i am the owner only my responsibility for it.with the make model and serial #.Do i need to get a permit for it.i have safety training a holster for it.Can i carry it on me without breaking the law?

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

Yes, But you can only open carry it if you don’t have your CCW but if you do have your permit you can choose which ever concealed or open.

g scott
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g scott

concealed or open carry is now legal in mo. with no permit

Mitchell Holland
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Mitchell Holland

I am 18 and just joined the military at basic training we took firearm safety classes, do I need to take the CCW class as well? Thank you.

APC
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APC

Thanks for your service! No, you still need to complete the required training and certification to apply for a MO CCW License, search for RSMO 571.11, it is the required training for a MO CCW.

BRIAN LEE HOLDER
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BRIAN LEE HOLDER

So opon reading this there is no difference between getting your ccw permit compared to constitutional carry.

APC
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APC

Brian; No, not at all. The “constitutional carry” provision allows anyone not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed, however, all of the restricted places apply and as felonies. A CCW licensee may carry in restricted places ( concealed) and not be subject to criminal prosecution for carrying- a non licensee who is “caught” carrying concealed in these came places may be prosecuted as a felon. Funny thing is, in MO, a CCW licensee pretty much makes carrying in any place other than federally restricted a non issue, if found out, and you willingly peaceable y leave, no issue. If… Read more »

APC
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APC

One add’l thing of note comparing Constitutional/permitless to licensed carry: Fed Law concerning carrying a loaded firearm in a school zone (18 USC 922q)- contains a specific exemption from violation is that the person carrying/possessing a loaded uncased firearm is one who is licensed by the (a) state, as in a concealed carry license…. Constitutional carry does not protect one from the onerous school zone law- I doubt a person can move about in a city of any size without being within a 1000 foot radius of a school, public or private.

K.Burgess
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K.Burgess

Mo. will legalize marijuana,once the Mo. General Assembly resumes in June of 2019(?)
Will a prior marijuana conviction(misdemeanor) interfere with obtaining a CCW permit ?

APC
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APC

MO will not legalize MJ per se, it will allow the prescription use of MJ for medical reasons. MJ is still a schedule 1 controlled substance per federal law and use thereof is a technical federal firearms disqualifier. As far as a conviction in the past- the local sheriff is the only one who can answer that for you.

K.Burgess
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K.Burgess

I have a medical problem that,I assume, will qualify me as a recipient(prescription) for a Marijuana License.
You say, that Mo. will NOT legalize MJ “per se”.
But that was not my question.

APC
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APC

Use of MJ (via state allowed prescription or not ) is a firearms disqualifier per federal law. MO has long been very clear on defining “prohibited person”- it is what the federal law says it is. So, use MJ “legally” if you want, but be aware that you would also have to declare your use of illegal ( per US law) substances if you wish to purchase arms, US Code 18 chap 92X covers the violation of law by users of controlled substances ( sched 1) and possession of arms/ammunition; regardless of what a Med MJ state law may say.… Read more »

DA Pete
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DA Pete

Being a veteran, former prosecutor and your fellow citizen, common sense tells me that no one should carry a firearm while CURRENTLY under the effects of ANY “mood altering” substance like: alcohol, marijuana (legal or not), opiod drugs, tranquilizers, sedatives, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, etc, whether legal and prescribed or not.
I could not live with myself if I accidentally harmed an innocent person at any time, but ESPECIALLY if I was a little loopy from pain pills or the like.

Keith Alan Niswonger
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Keith Alan Niswonger

Im pretty sure no as long as it happened iver 5 years ago

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

Use of MJ (via state allowed prescription or not ) is a firearms disqualifier per federal law.

Blake Mallory
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Blake Mallory

What about extension clips ?

APC
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APC

What’s an “extension clip”? If you mean magazine extensions that add capacity, MO does not discuss anything in law regarding capacity of magazines. Carry what you want. For the record, magazines contain ammunition in a ready to fire condition, clips ( like the strippers or enbloc of M1903s and M1 Garands, carry ammunition for insertion into a magazine, with the Garand enbloc serving as both clip and magazine once inserted..

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

Not stricted.

g scott
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g scott

no magazine restrictions in mo.

Rick Ashay
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Rick Ashay

Hello, I have a few questions that I’ve tried to research and answer myself, but can’t seem to find clear answers on. I am very respectful of LEO’s, so these are serious questions and I’m trying to obey all laws. I do NOT currently have my CCW in Missouri, I’m operating under the “open carry” umbrella. #1: can I have a firearm in my vehicle, with mag intact and 1 in the chamber? does it have to be in glove box or can I have it on my person like this? or does it need to be unloaded & mag… Read more »

ShowMeState
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ShowMeState

You are NOT required to notify the Officers if you get pulled over.
Yes you can carry it on you in the car fully loaded.
Please read the bulletins on top they have everything you need for open carry or if you have ccw or when you’re in a vehicle and other states that support MO

g scott
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g scott

carry loaded concealed or open is legal in mo.,no requirement to notify when stopped. loaded is recommended . not legal in a bar