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
  • Issuing state

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

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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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Hours


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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Philip Anderson
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Philip Anderson

I read somewhere that missouri is a state that had made it illegal to enforce federal gun restrictions. It said missouri is protecting the second amendment by giving back the citizens of missouri unadulterated rights to own guns. Is there any truth to this? Thank you!

Deano
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Deano

To purchase firearms anywhere, it’s good to have a “UPIN” Unique Personal Identification Number. You apply to the FBI.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Voluntary Appeal File
Post Offce Box 4278
Clarksburg, WV 26302-4278

98% you’ll get your gun at time of purchase by providing the FFL with your UPIN# as long a you have not been arrested for a crime since issued.

Catharine Locke
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Catharine Locke

I just moved here from Los Angeles and would like to know if I can use my California DL or passport to purchase a handgun here in MO?

PNGScott
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PNGScott

I will be moving to Missouri from California in August. What do I need to do to have my gun legally in MO?

Anothercivilian
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Anothercivilian

Be able to own a firearm according to the federal regulations. That’s it.

Pablo
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Pablo

If I’m in he military do I still need to do the required 8 hr course for the ccw?

Ben
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Ben

Most likely they will accept your military training in lieu of most of all of the CCW course. However you will have to check with the permit office to be sure.

Anothercivilian
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Anothercivilian

Yes

APC
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APC

Pablo, in MO you need a trainers certification and that requires the full 8 hrs of class time and a live fire familiarization and qualification. In MO you apply to the county sheriff where you live, they have a list of approved trainers. You obtain the training, then bring the training certification to the SD, proceed from there. There is no provision for a short cut etc.

Brandon
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Brandon

Do I have to show proof of completing a training course? I notice on the application it has a check box certifying that I have taken the class. But do I have submit any kind of certificate? I took a class many years ago, got my ccw, then let it expire. The place I took my class is no longer in business. Do I have to take it again? Or can I just certify that I took it by checking the box?

Rory Johnson
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Rory Johnson

Depends on the county and how long the permit has been expired.

Rick A Daleen
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Rick A Daleen

There is an affidavit required to be submitted with an application. If your old one is still on file, them perhaps not. It would be a good thing to have a refresher as frequently training is always beneficial to all.

TSpears
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TSpears

I have my Illinois CCL and know that the state of Missouri honors the license. When in MO, do I go by what your firearm laws are or is it slightly different from a residents?

Tim sloat
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Tim sloat

Your information is incorrect on carrying where’s a place that has no guns sign only licensed and that’s the key word licensed to carry is exempt if you have a license in Missouri there are several places did you have privileges let someone without a license does not

vinne
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vinne

Can a convicted felon own, shoot a compound bow, bow hunt… or bow hunt with a crossbow with a doctors written letter for exemption for physical disablites in state of Missouri?

james
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james

If I had non violent felonies in another state over 20yrs ago can I buy a gun or get permit in mo

APC
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APC

No. Federal Law dictates that any conviction of a felony crime, as well as any conviction of a domestic violence crime is a disqualifier for possession of arms/ammunition.

Rocky Terranova
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Rocky Terranova

I bought a pistol in Arizona back in 2011 from an individual while I was out there working and I have had it for 8yrs now and I live in Missouri . Well long story short is I was pulled over in Kansas City for a traffic violation And I told the officer I had it in the car and now they are keeping it until I can show proof of ownership . How do I go about doing that 8yrs later I have no idea how to contact that person I purchased it from. Can anyone tell me please… Read more »

APC
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APC

Ask family/friends to vouch for you and it in a signed, notarized letter, perhaps a range photo of you and it from the past . Get a lawyer( the expensive way- and they know that your firearm is not worth the retainer). Not sure why they would think anyone carries a bill of sale etc for any personal non titled property with them, Can you prove the tool set or any other “stuff” in the vehicle is yours either?

Just the facts
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Just the facts

You aren’t required to tell law enforcement you have a gun in MO. I hope you learned your lesson that no good deed goes unpunished.

Matt
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Matt

Can you open or concealed carry a flintlock or percussion cap pistol?

APC
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APC

Sure. All other requirement being et of course.

Josh
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Josh

I am 19 years old I was wondering if I could legally carry

JohnnyRingo
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JohnnyRingo

The law states that 19+ can legally carry without a permit. Some municipalities require a permit to open carry though.

yorkgene@yahoo.com
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yorkgene@yahoo.com

I have a CCW from Oklahoma and now reside in Missouri. What do I need to do to transfer my ccw to Missouri?

APC
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APC

You simply go to your county of residence Sherriff’s office and begin the process. They will tell you that you need a certification of training, and provide a list of instructors or even schedule for one that they conduct themselves. Once completed, you pay your fees and fill out the application, they run background checks etc and w/in 45 days issue you a MO CCW License. No, the fact that you hold an OK license does not help speed the process.

Brian Adams
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Brian Adams

I have an illinois ccw license i know that Missouri honors it but when i am in Missouri do i follow Missouri’s laws or illinois

APC
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APC

Missouri’s. The state your are in has jurisdiction over you regardless of where you are from. You abide by the states laws you are in.

Dalton L Fischer
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Dalton L Fischer

I’m 19, can I buy a handgun and conceal carry it without a permit. If I cant buy one, can I be gifted one and then conceal it?

Emmett
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Emmett

At the age of 18 I plead guilty of riding in a vehicle without owners consent I received 1 year probation my sentence was to be expunged. My question is am I able to have a gun. When I do a record check it is clear.

APC
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APC

The Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for certain categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person: convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; who is a fugitive from justice; who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802); who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution; who is… Read more »

Mr Fisther.
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Mr Fisther.

I can only speak on my experience..
I was convicted of a felony 25 years ago.
I got it expunged 5 years ago.
Every lawyer i spoke too.. says if expunged you can..
In the the last year i have purchased several guns ( i got into 3 gun competition)
The first sale was delayed.. meaning i had to wait will the FBI looked deeper into what they saw. 20 hours later the dealer called and said i can pick up my gun..
Since then i have bought a few more with no delay..

Ryan
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Ryan

I will be visiting some family in missouri while im on pcs leave from the military, can I purchase a handgun in missouri and get it the same day?

APC
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APC

Ryan, I assume you are not a MO resident… So, here is MO law concerning nonresident purchases of firearms. 571.087. Purchase in Missouri by nonresident, permitted when. — Residents of any state may purchase firearms in the state of Missouri, provided that such residents conform to the applicable provisions of the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, and regulations thereunder, and provided further that such residents conform to the provisions of law applicable to such purchase in the state of Missouri and in the state in which such persons reside. Under federal law, a nonresident may purchase a handgun elsewhere,… Read more »

Mike Tomlin
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Mike Tomlin

If you were arrested for 4th degree assault domestic violence but the prosecutors didnt Pursue any charges can you still purchase a firearm?

APC
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APC

https://www.bhwlawfirm.com/lautenberg-amendment-federal-gun-ban-domestic-violence/

Requires a conviction. Check out the above link. Also covers Protective orders etc. That is where stuff can get complex.

Mike Heister
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Mike Heister

Good Afternoon, I am a Conceal carry permit from AR. I will be traveling to St. Louis to visit my brother recently released from prison and felon. Is it legal for me to conceal carry in presents of my brother? I am legal to carry but would that present a legal problem for him if we were searched or detained. He is concerned that my conceal carry weapon could violate his parole. I have requested information from an attorney but they want to secure a fee. Any help or direction in this matter would be great… Thanks… retired 20+ yr… Read more »

APC
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APC

Mike;
I doubt there is a clear cut answer to your question. A felon may not possess arms or ammunition, but you may. As long as you are in possession of your weapon, he is not, but a police officer will make his own determination if there is interaction-I personally would hesitate to hope a cop would not decide to arrest and let the DA/PA make the final call.

Thanks for your USAF Service ( from a retired Army type)