Missouri Gun Laws

missouri gun laws

Missouri Gun Laws are based on the Constitutional Provision of the State of Missouri that reads, “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.”

Overall, Missouri Gun Laws do not require permit to purchase, registration of firearms and licensing of gun owners. However, a permit to carry is required for individuals who wish to keep concealed weapons in public or areas allowed by law.

Validity of Permits Issued Under Missouri Gun Laws in Other Jurisdictions

Permits issued under Missouri Gun Laws are valid in the following states:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. Colorado
  6. Delaware
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Idaho
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Kansas
  13. Kentucky
  14. Louisiana
  15. Michigan
  16. Minnesota
  17. Mississippi
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska
  20. Nevada
  21. New Hampshire
  22. New Mexico
  23. North Carolina
  24. North Dakota
  25. Ohio
  26. Oklahoma
  27. Pennsylvania
  28. South Carolina
  29. South Dakota
  30. Tennessee
  31. Texas
  32. Utah
  33. Vermont
  34. Virginia
  35. Washington
  36. West Virginia
  37. Wyoming

On the other hand, Missouri Gun Laws recognize the permits issued from these states:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Indiana
  14. Iowa
  15. Kansas
  16. Kentucky
  17. Louisiana
  18. Maine
  19. Maryland
  20. Massachusetts
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Mississippi
  24. Montana
  25. Nebraska
  26. Nevada
  27. New Hampshire
  28. New Jersey
  29. New Mexico
  30. New York
  31. North Carolina
  32. North Dakota
  33. Ohio
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Oregon
  36. Pennsylvania
  37. Rhode Island
  38. South Carolina
  39. South Dakota
  40. Tennessee
  41. Texas
  42. Utah
  43. Virginia
  44. Washington
  45. West Virginia
  46. Wisconsin
  47. Wyoming

Key Provisions of Missouri Gun Laws

These are the key rules and restrictions mentioned under Missouri Gun Laws:

1. Missouri Gun Laws prohibit selling, lending, loaning or transfering a firearm or even ammunition to a person who is not entitled to possess one. The restriction applies when the recipient is intoxicated or below 18 years of age without the consent of his parent or legal guardian.

2. Aside from prohibiting intoxicated persons from possessing firearms and ammunition, the law of the state expressly mentions that anyone who has been convicted of felony is not entitled to possess a concealable firearm. He can only attain his right to possess a concealable gun if five years has lapsed after his conviction or confinement.

3. A fugitive, habitual abuser of controlled or illegal substances, or someone who has been adjudged as mentally incompetent is barred from possessing a concealable gun.

4. It is illegal for a person to carry a firearm, whether concealed or openly, without a concealed carry endorsement on his Missouri driver’s or non-driver’s license, or without a permit to carry issued by Missouri or any of the recognized states shown in the preceding section.

5. A person who is carrying a concealable firearm in his legal dwelling place or own business establishment is not required to have a permit to carry. The same applies to an individual who is carrying a firearm while hunting, traveling in a contiguous journey through the state, serving the Armed Forces, working as a law enforcement officer, or someone who is allowed by Missouri Gun Laws to possess a gun in his line of duty.

6. A person who is at least 23 years of age, a citizen of the US and a resident of Missouri is entitled to submit an application for a certificate of qualification for concealed carry endorsement. A person who is between 18 to 22 years old can only be permitted to apply for a certificate of qualification for concealment if he is currently serving the military or is a 21 year-old spouse of someone serving in the military.

7. Anyone who falls in any of the categories below is disqualified from getting a concealed carry endorsement:

  • Convicted or charged with felony or misdemeanor involving violence.
  • Has more than one DUI charge for the past five years.
  • A drug abuser or habitual drunkard.
  • Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.
  • Adjudicated mentally incompetent or has been committed in a mental institution for the past five years.
  • A respondent in a currently existing court protection order.
  • Considered as a danger to himself or others.

8. The application for a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry weapon should be submitted to the sheriff of the applicant’s place of residence. He should complete all the forms and submit all the documents required by the issuing authority. He should also pay the fees associated with his application.

9. Even with a permit, a person is not allowed to possess a concealable gun in courthouses, police stations, polling places, meetings organized by the governement, airports, places that serve alcoholic beverages, schools, public buses or its stations, amusement facilities, areas of worship, sports arenas and hospitals. It should be noted though that the authorized personnel or owner of some of these areas can waive the restriction.

10. A machine gun can only be possessed if it comes with a federal license.

11. A rifle with less than 16 inches of barrel length, a shotgun with less than 18 inches of barrel length, or a rifle or shotgun that has less than 26 inch of total length is prohibited. Likewise, silencers, switchblades or explosive bullets are not allowed by Missouri Gun Laws.