Open and Concealed Gun Carry Laws in Missouri

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Missouri protects the right to bear arms under Article I, Section 23 of the state constitution, but this does not mean that everyone may carry a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. Missouri requires a license to carry a concealed weapon on (or near) you body, unless you are on your own property. (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.030.4.)

For more information on permitting laws, see Gun Permit Laws in Missouri.

The following sections explain who may not have a gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a gun is illegal.

People Who May Not Carry a Gun in Missouri

The following individuals are prohibited from carrying a weapon in Missouri.

  • those younger than 21 years old
  • non-United States citizens
  • non-Missouri residents (unless you are an armed forces member or dependent stationed in Missouri)
  • convicted felons
  • fugitives from justice
  • those convicted of certain specified misdemeanors (including certain convictions having to do with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol within the last five years)
  • people who have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services
  • those who have been involved in documented patterns of behavior that leads the licensing authority to believe that you would be a danger to yourself or others if you were to possess a firearm
  • those adjudicated as mentally incompetent in the last five years, or committed to a mental health facility
  • people with a protection or restraining order against them

(Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.101.2.)

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Gun is Illegal

It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. But even with a permit, it is illegal to carry loaded, concealed weapons in some locations. These include:

  • school facilities (including daycares), on school busses, or at school-sponsored events
  • places of worship
  • polling places on polling days
  • establishments that serve alcohol where at least half of the establishment’s revenue is from such sales (like bars and nightclubs, but not most restaurants)
  • airports
  • riverboats and gambling establishments
  • amusement parks and certain large sports stadiums
  • public hospitals
  • jails, prisons, or other correctional institutes
  • police stations or offices
  • state or federal government buildings (including courthouses) , and
  • private property on which the owner has posted a conspicuous sign prohibiting weapons.

(Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.107.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Missouri, or if you are facing charges for a gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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