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Missouri ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In VehicleYES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs EnforcedSEE DETAILS
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Missouri gun laws operate on an “Unrestricted” and “Shall Issue” policy. The shall issue being used for reciprocity between states. No permit is required if a person is 19 or older and legally allowed to possess a firearm. For those that wish to travel out-of-state a permit is available. They are only issued to residents and processed at a local level by the county sheriff’s office. A firearms training class is required for new applicants.

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Missouri CCW permit recognition

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  • Residential permits only
  • Only if issued after 8/27/13
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Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

Missouri CCW Permit

Missouri is an “Unrestricted” & “Shall Issue” state.
Shall Issue is for reciprocity.
Residents only.
Unrestricted – no permit required.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 19 years of age, 18 if a member of the US Armed Forces.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • You reside in the county your application is filed in.
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete the required firearms training course.
  2. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Certificate showing you have completed 8 hours of firearms training
    • Valid Missouri state-issued Drivers License or State ID or Military identification and Orders stationing the service member in Missouri.
  4. File the documents at your local Sheriffs Office.
  5. They will take you fingerprints and photo
  6. You will be notified by mail or phone if your application has been approved.
The cost varies between counties and is determined by the county Sheriff.

New Permits: not to exceed $100
Renewal: not to exceed $50

Missouri lifetime or extended concealed permits valid for 10 years/25 years/Life can be obtained. The Lifetime/Extended permits are only valid in Missouri and do not allow for the carry under Missouri reciprocity with other states.

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Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • 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.

Details on Missouri Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the local Sheriff.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
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.
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 – Without a Permit/License
A weapon may be carried without a permit anywhere in a vehicle, even concealed on the person.
NO – Without a Permit/License
You must have a permit/license to open carry in Missouri.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“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.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Missouri Contacts

St. Louis County Police Department
Police Records


Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.

City Clayton, MO 63105

Phone (314) 615-4272

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