Missouri Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Missouri.

In Missouri, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body, unless you are on your own property. (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.030.4.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Missouri.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in Missouri

To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must be:

  • at least 19 years old (18 if a member of the armed forces)
  • a United States citizen
  • a Missouri resident (or armed forces member or dependent stationed in Missouri), and
  • demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety.

Additionally you must NOT:

  • be a convicted felon
  • have been 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)
  • be a fugitive from justice
  • have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services
  • have been engaged 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
  • have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent in the last five years or committed ot a mental health facility
  • have a protection or restraining order against you, and
  • be otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law.

(Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.101.2.)

Does Missouri Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

Yes. Missouri recognizes both resident and non-resident valid concealed handgun permits from other states. People who carry a concealed weapon in Missouri with a valid out-of-state license must abide by all handgun and concealed carry laws in Missouri. (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.030.4.)

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 permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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