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 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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  • 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

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

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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


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Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.

CityClayton, MO 63105

Phone (314) 615-4272

 

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Jeremy Rao
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Jeremy Rao

I am 18 with a clean record. Can I legally own and conceal carry a handgun?

Todd
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Todd

Do you know if swords and longer than 4″ knives are allowed to be concealed the same way guns are with and without a CCW? What about elderly men who want to have a walking sword cane? I wrote our Attorney General in Missouri 5 years ago asking about whether or not knives longer than 4″ were allowed to be carried and concealed and the letter I received back said “yes” if you have a CCW. Now that we do not need a CCW in most of the state to conceal carry (unless specifically prohibited by various cities), I am… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

How long do you have to be a resident of Missouri to be able to qualify for a ccw license?

APC
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APC

MO Law (571.101) states “has assumed residency”.

Dave
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Dave

If I have a CCW from NC and it is still valid, Do I need to consider one from MO now that I have relocated to MO?

APC
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APC

MO law states that persons who possess a valid license from another state may carry in MO. While your NC license may not have expired, on its face, I would verify that that license is indeed still effective based on your change of residence from NC. In MO, CCW licenses are not issued by the state nor does the state know who may have such a license. It is based on your county of residence and the address at which you reside, If you move, even within the same county, you have to inform your Sherriff and if into a… Read more »

Christina
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Christina

I had a scare today that someone tried to break in my house while I was home alone. My wife was at work and kids at school. If I have no interest in carrying a handgun outside my home but would like a handgun for protection what do I need to obtain paperwork wise? I have read this website top to bottom and I’m just confused and overwhelmed with all the facts. Any help is appreciated!! Thank you!!

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

All you need to do is go to a gun shop and purchase one if otherwise federally eligible to possess arms/ammunition. You need no permits or other credentials to own and possess a handgun in your own home/property. However, I recommend you seek professional training from a locally reputable instructor. Having a firearm is not a magic means of protection just like having a car does not get you somewhere w/o skill and training. Missouri carry.org is a place to start.

Bubba
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Bubba

If you can pass and FBI NICS background check to purchase a firearm you are good to go in Missouri.

Larry
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Larry

I like to walk my dog in a trailer court next door as it is safer than walking on the road as we have no sidewalks. I have a permit to carry. The manager of the court said I scared someone and can no longer walk in the court. I know almost everyone there so they must be new. I have lived at my residents since 1949 and I am 73. Their is NO signs that says no guns allowed. She is new to the job and does not live in Boone County. Who’s right?

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Larry, I take it you were open carrying? If so, that is why I will not so do. Okay, so you were on some private property and the manager received a complaint- if he told you that you were not welcome, then stay away- otherwise it is potentially trespass and even worse if armed. While concealed carry even on posted premises in MO is not a big issue unless specifically told otherwise, once told to stay away, regardless of why, you best be listening. Private property rights from there are well enforced.

Rick
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Rick

Can you get your civil rights back if your non violent felon?

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Maybe. Depends on the state laws and policy regarding the topic. The long pole in the tent would be the fedgov. Of course, if a state restores your rights, and you purchase via non-FFLs, then it may be a moot point, but the fedgov likely has your record of conviction in the NICS database and while congress passed legislation to allow appeals to the firearm prohibition based on a state restoration, they also have never funded it. So, if you ever get run for a record by anyone other than perhaps your local state LEOs, as in any other state,… Read more »

Rick
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Rick

Can get your civil rights back if your a non violent felon ?

Jack
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Jack

I’ll be driving through Illinois on my way to Indiana this upcoming weekend. I know that I have to lock up my gun in a box while traveling through Illinois, do I have to lock up the ammo as well or can I leave it in the box and put inside my luggage?

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Probably moot by now, but check out the IL SP carry website for details. I think you ( a permitted non resident) can actually keep a loaded concealed firearm in you vehicle while travelling through IL, but since I avoid IL like the plague, I really don’t spend much effort regarding their laws.

Jason
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Jason

I don’t understand why the expensive lifetime permit is not honored in other states while the cheaper short term ones are. I plan on moving to North Carolina one day. Why can’t I get the permanent permit and then never again worry about renewing?

Tammy
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Tammy

What do they look for in back ground checks I have no felony but have been on probation for assault love 30 years ago

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

(3) Has not pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere or been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of any state or of the United States other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor under the laws of any state and punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun;   (4) Has not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to one or more misdemeanor… Read more »

Nick Blaine
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Nick Blaine

So as a 19 year old in Missouri, it is 100% legal to conceal a loaded handgun in your car? I was gifted a glock 17 and would like to start concealing it in my car for protection. Thanks ahead of time.

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Nick; Indeed, if you are federally able to possess a firearm, and you are 19 YO+, you can carry a concealed, loaded handgun in your car in Missouri. You can carry it on your person too, except in places that are on the prohibited list ( state, and federal- both found on these pages if you scroll up). If you are a MO resident with a CCW license, or are a permitted non-resident from another state, you can carry even in the places that are prohibited BY THE SATE, as the law clearly states- RSMO 571-107. I have posted links… Read more »

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Some confusion regarding interaction with peace officers- during a traffic stop or other interaction with police may they disarm you (for any reason) unless you are being arrested?

Modesto Teresi
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Modesto Teresi

There has been a recent display of rifles being discharged at a North City gas station. Please correct me if I am wrong but being permitted to carry does not allow anyone to open fire publicly just for the sake of firing a round, correct? Looking through this website, I was unable to find a law that states you can or cannot. I am just looking for clarity since there seems to be people that are blaming the open carry laws allowing ccw citizens to demonstrate this behavior. Thank you.

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

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: 3) Discharges or shoots a firearm into a dwelling house, a railroad train, boat, aircraft, or motor vehicle as defined in section 302.010, or any building or structure used for the assembling of people; or   (4) Exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner; or   (5) Has a firearm… Read more »

Angie
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Angie

I have a cousin who has several mental health issues and has to have a payee for his social security disability check as well as has been in and out of mental institutions, is he legally allowed to own any type of gun?

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

It depends on several factors. Has the relative been adjudicated by a court as incompetent? If not, then has he been involuntarily committed to a mental health institution? Have they been convicted of a crime of domestic violence? restraining order ? Etc. Best to discuss the case with an attorney s there is much at stake. The VA has declared vets who had fiduciary persons named to handle finances as adjudicated and prohibited, but there is much disagreement over that policy ( the VA is not a court). Here is a link to the NRA ILA: https://www.nraila.org/articles/20040324/citizen-s-guide-to-federal-firearms-law

Keith Dicks
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Keith Dicks

I travel a lot for my work. Is there a “permit” that I can get if I need to show that I am able to carry concealed in Missouri. I understand that it would only be good in reciprocal states. I can’t find any information on this. So my question is, for example, if I am working in South Dakota, which recognizes our laws, and want to carry concealed, is there a permit that I can get without having to pay all of the money to go through classes? I am a former LEO and have all of that documentation… Read more »

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Keith, Are you retired LEO or otherwise in good standing? If so, LEOSA ( LEO federal authorization for concealed carry ANYWHERE) may apply. I ask because every LEO who is eligible knows that they are- kinda part of the gig.
Unless you have a MO CC license, then you are not necessarily lawfully able to carry in any other state( unless they allow unpermitted/constitutional carry)- reciprocity is for licensees, not residents, again a former LEO knows this….

Chris
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Chris

If a person was released from prison in 1986 after serving 7 years for 2nd degree murder can they have a firearm in their home or in their possession in Missouri.

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

If felony is still on record I would definitely say no. Even if it’s been expunged, its probably a good idea to check your local Law Enforcement first and get something in writing. I wouldn’t risk going back to prison, on the word of the internet.

Kim
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Kim

Can a convicted felon be given a permit once off probation for 5 years in Missouri?

T. Whittle
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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?

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

You always have a right to defend yourself. However I think it wouldnt be wise, legally, if you go there knowing you or your child could be in danger. Deadly force should only be used as a last option if your life or another’s is immediate danger. If you can leave, do it. Or dont go at all. Otherwise call police.

David C Parsons
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David C Parsons

Can you use your CCW to stop a robbery

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

In MO you can only use deadly force against a “forcible felony.” Unless it’s your castle, you could only intervene if robbers are armed or assaulting/harming someone.

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

Here is the Statute on the topic- http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=563.031&bid=33873&hl=

In short, yes, a person can use force to stop a felony and or effect an arrest of a felonious act, within the law. Read it yourself!

Brett Strickland
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Brett Strickland

If I am not from Missouri, can i carry

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

As I undestand it, constitutional carry law pertains Missouri residents only. If you have a CCW in another state you should be fine to carry here.

Andrew Cempa
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Andrew Cempa

*571.107. Permit does not authorize concealed firearms, where — penalty for violation. — 1. A concealed carry permit issued pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121, a valid concealed carry endorsement issued prior to August 28, 2013, or a concealed carry endorsement or permit issued by another state or political subdivision of another state shall authorize the person in whose name the permit or endorsement is issued to carry concealed firearms on or about his or her person or vehicle throughout the state.

Tim
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Tim

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

Guest
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Guest

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?

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

You should be fine in MO as long as you keep your valid CCW permit on you. You could call MO Highway Patrol to verify.

Jenna Edwards
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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

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

Jenna, you always need your concealed carry permit on hand to carry concealed. You now open carry anywhere in MO that doesn’t have an ordinance against it.

SAMUEL GETTMAN
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SAMUEL GETTMAN

To clarify, you can OPEN carry without any permit anywhere in MO that doesn’t have an ordinance against it, except prohibited places.

Brian Morrison
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Brian Morrison

This is not true. You do not need a CCW to Conceal Carry in MO.

Brian Morrison
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Brian Morrison

Missouri became a constitutional carry state in January 2017. No permit is required to openly or conceal carry a firearm

Leo
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Leo

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?

Daniel
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Daniel

I wish someone would answer this, i mean if the government doesnt state the law and doesnt make it clear to the entire general public why should we 18 year olds be charged for conceal carrying if we didnt know we couldnt, it says 19 year olds can apply for ccw but last year the law was passed that u dont need one so does that apply to 19 year olds as well or do we still have to go through 8 hours of training and apply for ccw?

alleen
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alleen

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?

Tom
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Tom

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

Daniel
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Daniel

It is legal for 18 year old to own a handgun

Elayne Russell
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Elayne Russell

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

Jcurious
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Jcurious

Of course there is no registration in Missouri

AARON
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AARON

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

John B
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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?

Bonnie J Allen
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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?

Dave
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Dave

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

Todd
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Todd

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.

John
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John

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