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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


  • 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
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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

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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

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Missouri Concealed Carry Laws

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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

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

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.

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

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, 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)

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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 or projectile weapon readily capable of lethal use on his or her person, while he or she is intoxicated, and handles or otherwise uses such firearm or projectile weapon in either a negligent or unlawful manner or discharges such firearm or projectile weapon unless acting in self-defense; or
        (6) Discharges a firearm within one hundred yards of any occupied schoolhouse, courthouse, or church building; or
        (7) Discharges or shoots a firearm at a mark, at any object, or at random, on, along or across a public highway or discharges or shoots a firearm into any outbuilding; or
        (8) Carries a firearm or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use into any church or place where people have assembled for worship, or into any election precinct on any election day, or into any building owned or occupied by any agency of the federal government, state government, or political subdivision thereof; or
        (9) Discharges or shoots a firearm at or from a motor vehicle, as defined in section 301.010, discharges or shoots a firearm at any person, or at any other motor vehicle, or at any building or habitable structure, unless the person was lawfully acting in self-defense;

    2. The discharge of firearms is an exception to state preemption. The city would be within it’s rights to pass an ordnance governing the discharge of firearms within their limits, so long as it doesn’t run afoul of other items that are in fact preempted by state law.

  2. 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?

    1. 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:

  3. 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 with me when I travel.

    1. 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….

  4. 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.

    1. Author

      As you have a felony it is very unlikely you would qualify for a firearms permit. I’m afraid the passing of time does not change anything with felonies, they are with you for a lifetime. Your only option is to petition the court for your rights to be returned.

    2. 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.

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

    1. Author

      The problem is you will not qualify under federal law. You will need to go back to the state court and apply to have the charge taken of your record if you can do that in Missouri.

  6. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. *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.

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

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

  9. 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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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?

    1. 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?

      1. Have similar question, what law is being violated for an 18 yro that concealed a firearm on his person

  11. 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?

    1. 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

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

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

    1. Author

      Do you mean you have done firearms training? Most states have a time limit between doing a course and getting your permit but I cannot find any info on that for MO

      1. Once you take the ccw course it is good forever. I took the course and a year later I finally went and got my ccw license. I live in clay county,that is the policy here.

  14. 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?

    1. Author

      Please read this;
      Penal Law Section 265.20 (f) allows the executor or administrator of the estate
      of a deceased pistol license holder fifteen (15) days to lawfully dispose of the
      deceased’s handguns. If they are not legally disposed of within that time, they
      must be surrendered to any precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department
      or to the Pistol Licensing Bureau. After legally disposing of the firearm(s), the
      executor of the estate or a family member of the deceased must surrender, in
      person or by mail, the deceased’s pistol license with a document showing the
      disposition of the firearm(s) to the Pistol Licensing Bureau. If the weapons are
      in the possession of the Police Department, one of the following documents
      must be obtained before the firearm(s) will be released:
      1) Copy of preliminary letters of administration or testamentary.
      2) Copy of letters of administration for testamentary.
      3) Certified short certificate.

  15. 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?

    1. Author

      You would still need a CCW permit and you would need to check with your employer to see what their policy on firearms is while you are at work.

    1. Author

      Zoo could be off limits if it is classified as a gated amusement park, you would need to check with them. Cities such as St. Louis are not permitted to enact gun laws for persons with a permit. They can regulate the open carry and discharge of weapons for persons without a permit.

  16. 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.

    1. Author

      Thanks for pointing that out. We used the Michigan page as our main template to save time and just typed in the facts for Missouri. It seems that some of the Michigan data never got deleted.

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

    1. Author

      Thanks for pointing that out John. You are correct, open carry is legal in Missouri. We try to be as thorough as possible but mistakes do creep in and we appreciate people pointing them out to us. This page is due to be completely updated and redesigned in a few weeks and I’m sure the error would have been detected then.

      1. Yes Missouri is an open carry state but in some municipalities for instance St Louis City you can’t open carry unless you have your CCW permit if caught open carrying in St Louis you will receive a ticket

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