MISSOURI GUN LAWS
The Advanced Guide (2018)
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
Missouri CCW Dashboard
Missouri CCW Reciprocity
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.
Missouri Reciprocity State's
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
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.
Missouri Handgun Permit
Missouri Gun Policy
Permit Issued To
CCW Permit OverviewTo 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 PermitsNon-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 TrainingOne 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.
- Missouri CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
- Missouri CCW Handgun Permit Application
- Missouri CCW Handgun Permit Renewal
- Missouri CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- 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
Missouri CCW Handgun Forms
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Missouri: Places Off-Limits for CCW
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
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Pointers: Missouri Gun Laws
Missouri Concealed Carry Laws
Missouri Gun Laws To Know
YES - Without a permitA weapon may be carried without a permit anywhere in a vehicle, even concealed on the person. The Law
NO - Must Inform OfficerThere 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 permitOpen 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
NOMissouri 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.
YESIt 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
YESIn 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
YESMissouri is a constitutional carry state, no permit is required to carry a firearm if you meet the requirements to possess a firearm.
(Art. I, § 6)
Missouri Off-Limit Statutes
Other Missouri CCW Statutes
Other Missouri Gun Laws
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
Missouri CCW Contact
St. Louis County Police Department
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm
Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.
CityClayton, MO 63105
Phone (314) 615-4272