MISSOURI GUN LAWS

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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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  • Permit not honored
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  • Only if issued after 8/27/13
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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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  • 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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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

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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

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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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Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

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Address 7900 Forsyth Blvd.

CityClayton, MO 63105

Phone (314) 615-4272

 

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Greg Benton
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Greg Benton

If one has already obtained a CCW from another State, and at that time required 16 hours of instruction,
does one still have to go through Mo. CCW training to obtain a MO license to carry concealed.
The State I’m referring to is Arizona. I’m considering relocating to MO.

APC
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APC

Greg,

In short, yes. Since every state’s laws vary, the training required is both weapons related as well as firearms/lethal force law focused.

Hope the low cost, good jobs and firearms friendly people factors help you decide. Welcome to MO, if you do decide.

Ravyn
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Ravyn

What law did the teenager break by going into Walmart with a long gun?

APC
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APC

The Greene CO PA charged him with making a terroristic threat. Otherwise, I do not think he violated any firearms laws. He is not charged with any other violation as of this time….

Frank Antonioli
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Frank Antonioli

You people are crazy. No wonder we have mass murders all over this country. For God’s sake; where are your brains? Maybe you just don’t have any. You give 19 year olds the right to carry weapons just about anywhere. Not to mention the mentally ill. Sure glad I live a long long way from Missouri.

APC
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APC

Frank, Glad you live far from Missouri. We want you to feel protected and safe. As far as this situation goes, the carrying of his rifle, wearing of dark clothes and body armor, and carrying ammunition, one or one hundred rounds, are all legal in many states and not even prohibited by ANY federal laws. While this young man did something that I personally would not recommend nor approve of, the facts of his actions do not violate laws. However, the Greene County PA sees fit to charge him with a felony; making a terroristic threat, which means he will… Read more »

G BAR RED
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G BAR RED

I’m sure MO is glad you live a long long away too.

G BAR RED
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G BAR RED

I’m sure they carried them in Baghdad and Falujah also. Get a grip

Big Daddy Black
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Big Daddy Black

Are there any restrictions on open carry of any long guns? I did not see any listed here, but I am in a bit of a rush

APC
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APC

In a nutshell, no. Firearms are firearms, unless specifically discussed as concealable firearms, then they are weapons with barrels of less than 16inches in length. 571.010 (4) “Concealable firearm”, any firearm with a barrel less than sixteen inches in length, measured from the face of the bolt or standing breech;     (8) “Firearm”, any weapon that is designed or adapted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; 21.750. Firearms legislation preemption by general assembly, exceptions — limitation on civil recovery against firearms or ammunitions manufacturers, when, exception. — 1. The general assembly hereby occupies and preempts… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

If CC is now permitted in MO without a permit. Why does this website say all kinds of stuff about having to have you CCW permit?

APC
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APC

Mike, Permitless carry is lawful. However, the laws regarding permitless carry are rather complex. For instance, entering a premises that is posted with a concealed weapon w/o a CCW license is a felony violation. On the other hand, doing the same with a CCW license is nada, nothing ( and if you are detected, you just leave, if a peace officer is summoned because you refuse to leave, you get a citation). There are 17 named types of areas that are “prohibited places” for concealed carry, felonies w/o, maybe a ticket with…. Another plus is that a licensee has documented… Read more »

G BAR RED
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G BAR RED

There are certain holistic advantages in having one. It is a low level assurance for the Police you have received some instruction on firearm law and protocol. You have a better understanding of firearm etiquette. For example: you won’t bring your pistol to Denny’s for a table to clean your firearm. LOL You will have a better understanding as to when you can / or can’t (or should) brandish your firearm. A pistol in the holster never hurt anyone. But keep it there until you actually have to draw . It should be a LAST RESORT action. I believe concealed… Read more »

jim
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jim

I had a full order of protection 10 years ago wich is no longer in effect and have been told by local law enforcement i can posses a firearm, but federal law says i cant? so can i or cant i?

APC
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APC

What federal law? A FOP is a prohibition for the duration for the FOP…. Unless you were convicted of a crime that qualifies for Lautenberg in addition.

Ben Tramell
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Ben Tramell

Without a permit that is. I just want to know if I’m walking around in permitted places of course or driving with it on my hip, loaded, is this okay?

APC
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APC

Ben, Missouri law enables anyone who is otherwise not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing arms or ammunition to so do. You may conceal or open carry, but there are restrictions for both in varying degrees. Open carry- fine unless the local jurisdiction prohibits it; concealed, fine but not in any place prohibited or posted ( unlike concealed carry with a license). There are some interesting nuances though, such as the law that enables a licensed person to OC in a prohibited jurisdiction….. Recommend you go to the statues referenced in the body of the website and look… Read more »

Ben Tramell
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Ben Tramell

I couldnt find anything on loaded or unloaded, on person openly or concealed, driving or walking around. Can anyone clarify this aspect?

Charles Sporleder
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Charles Sporleder

No permit is required to carry concealed in Missouri, what happens if I leave the state, even if the state I’m visiting grants reciprocity?

APC
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APC

MO laws pertain to MO jurisdiction. Step across a state line and their laws apply. Know the basics of their laws before your enter.

For example- go west to KS- open/constitutional or permitted carry is fine for residents or visitors unless otherwise prohibited. Go east to IL, step out of your car with your pistol, CCW in MO or not, felony crime. stay in your car, drive happy, leave it in your car secured, happy.

Nathan
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Nathan

I live in Springfield mo. and I’m having issues with the neighbors dog, he’s a pit. I’m a pit lover but this dog obviously has bad owners and he’s very aggressive, he has also showed us he has the ability to jump the fence. I’m just afraid he could do some real damage to my dogs or my girlfriend one day. Would I be putting myself in any bad situation if he came into my yard causing problems and I defended myself with my sidearm?

Jaycen
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Jaycen

Missouri supports castle doctrine, so I’d say “no”. But honestly, call the cops every single time the dog jumps the fence. In many municipalities your neighbor will be forced to give up the dog after a certain number of times he fails to control his animal.

Get the police involved. File a formal complaint. Shortest path to legality on your side, and if it means your neighbor hates you, what’s worse? Mauled girlfriend or annoyed neighbor?

Michael Holloway
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Michael Holloway

Can i open/conceal carry at 17 with patents permission

Jaycen
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Jaycen

No. You must wait until you’re 19.

APC
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APC

Michal,

Scroll down a few posts and take a look at the link I posted for Jared. You also need to look up and know the federal laws as well as state laws regarding possession/carry of a firearm by a minor/under 21 YO…

Michael Holloway
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Michael Holloway

I am 16 years old and would like to do some target practice with a 270 Remington Hunting rifle at a Free to Public range, with my parents permission but them not being present, would this still be legal?

Jaycen
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Jaycen

NO. You guys will just have to wait until you’re 19 years old. Unless your parents own property where you can safely shoot.

APC
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APC

Michael;
Jaycen is correct regarding handguns and age restrictions ( Fedlaw) but anyone otherwise not prohibited from firearms may buy long guns and possess them at 18 YOA, so 18 YOA is the magic number for long guns. Hang in there, get Dad or Grandpa to take you regularly- they need practice too!
Ref: 18 USC 922

Jared Thomas
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Jared Thomas

Hi there, I’ve always been raised around guns and taught to respect them. I would like to get my first handgun with the help of my dad (I am 16) but was wondering if I could take it to the range by myself? I would have to have it in my truck to get there and was wondering if that was a issue.

APC
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APC

https://www.atf.gov/file/58806/download

Jared, Missouri law does not have a specific restriction on minors and possession of handguns, but federal law prohibits possession of handguns by minor with a few exceptions ( see the above link).

So, if you mean can you take your handgun in your vehicle to a range somewhere else by yourself? Probably not legally. On your families’ property? With permission from your parent, yes. Hope this helps. Welcome to the firearms owners society at large ( soon), be safe!

Jaycen
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Jaycen

If you can’t get a permit to carry until you’re 19 in Missouri, then parental consent is meaningless in this regard. Unless your parent is with you, you cannot legally carry at your age.

I appreciate that there are many young people who have the maturity to handle the responsibility, but you’d be outside the law, so you’re taking a big chance at a very young age.

GR.
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GR.

I don’t have a felony and I never been convicted of any crime but when I go to try and purchase a firearm from a dealer ,,when they run my name and I always get denied.. what can I do to find out why?

APC
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APC

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/25.10

Here is a citation of the CFR- basically the AFTE deny/approves based on other sources data. You must challenge that data and get it corrected. Contact ATFE and request the information, they will tell you who/what, you take it from there. It could be similar name, DOB, SSN or an actual error in a record.
Regards

Rodney
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Rodney

If I live another state can I carry in Missouri without a permit

Sam
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Sam

Residents of Missouri ONLY can Open Carry. The answer is No, you cannot.

Jaycen
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Jaycen

All you had to do, Sam, was to read the page above for the correct answer. Or applied a tiny amount of common sense. If Missouri residents can Constitutional Carry, that automagically means anyone else can, too.

The only exception would be if you would normally be barred from possessing a firearm (felon, domestic abuser) or trying to carry in a prohibited area, such as a bar.

APC
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APC

Per 21.750 RSMO There is no specification as to residency regarding open carry of weapons. The only restriction is that local jurisdictions can regulate OC, except that state law preempts local ordinance when the OC is a CCW permittee ( from any state), so any non-prohibited person can OC or CC in MO, with the exceptions noted below and in 571.107 etc. 21.750 3. (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, nothing contained in this section shall prohibit any ordinance of any political subdivision which conforms exactly with any of the provisions of sections 571.010 to 571.070,… Read more »

Jaycen
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Jaycen

Yes. You may carry when you are in Missouri. Regardless of CCW or not, we are Constitutional Carry. You’re fine, so long as you aren’t legally barred from possessing a firearm (felon, etc) or trying to carry it in a restricted area (see above).

David Cox
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David Cox

Are binary triggers legal in Missouri.

C D McNear
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C D McNear

I Hope so!

Sam
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Sam

YES

APC
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APC

There is no specific list of things prohibited by MO law other than these: 571.020. Possession–manufacture–transport–repair–sale of certain weapons a crime–exceptions–penalties. — 1. A person commits an offense if such person knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or sells:   (1) An explosive weapon;   (2) An explosive, incendiary or poison substance or material with the purpose to possess, manufacture or sell an explosive weapon;   (3) A gas gun;   (4) A bullet or projectile which explodes or detonates upon impact because of an independent explosive charge after having been shot from a firearm; or   (5) Knuckles; or  … Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I am not a resident of Missouri, I will be passing through the state. My question is how do I legally transport my handgun in my vehicle? I don’t have a conceal carry permit as I am from Kentucky and we do not require one.

Melik White
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Melik White

I assume just like how I will have to when flying from Florida to Illinois to go visit Missouri. Enclosed in a locked box unloaded.

APC
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APC

Once in MO, you are welcome to remove, load and carry , its a free state, we honor all CCW licenses and permitless carry is lawful too. Just don’t carry w/o a CCW in any place posted or otherwise prohibited.

Sam
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Sam

Missouri Constitutional Carry, Open Carry, is for Missouri State Residents ONLY.

RICHARD
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RICHARD

That’s a lie.

Open and Constitutional carry are open to all, even non residents.

Jaycen
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Jaycen

You’re either a Fudd, or mentally challenged, BIRM.

Melik White
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Melik White

Unfortunately, Illinois doesn’t honor Florida’s CCW.

APC
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APC

Welcome to MO. Anyone otherwise not prohibited from possessing arms may either carry concealed on their person except where prohibited or have a loaded firearm in their vehicle. No problem. Welcome to a free state!

Jackson
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Jackson

I am about to turn 18 and am researching laws about possessing a firearm inside of my vehicle. Where does the age factor come into play and would the handgun that I am in possession of via my father as a gift need to be unloaded?

Jaycen
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Jaycen

Unless you are in the military or honorably discharged, the age factor comes into play at 19 years old. You may not legally carry in Missouri unless you are 19 years old or older (unless active military or honorably discharged).

Once you are of age, then you can carry loaded, unloaded, whatever. I recommend strongly that you carry loaded with 1 in the chamber and train, train, train.

And how you acquired the weapon is irrelevant to anything, unless you stole it. Good luck.

Jaycen
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Jaycen

Any way you please. As a Constitutional Carry state, you can carry in your car as you like. I carry place mine in the middle console, unless it’s my AR-style pistol, which I carry in the trunk.

Ken
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Ken

Is being able to carry concealed without a permit in Missouri, valid in other states?

APC
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APC

Ken, Do you mean can a MO resident carry w/o a license/permit in some other state? Only if that state allows permitless concealed carry. Best to know the laws of every state you intend on travelling through/to.

Sam
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Sam

No, you can Only Carry Concealed in Missouri, you need a CCW Permit to Carry in States that Missouri has a Reciprocity Agreement with.

Michael
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Michael

Can a town in Missouri not permit the open or concealed carry of a firearm, going against the laws of the State of Missouri.?

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

If you have a CCW, local laws are superseded by the state law. No locality has the right to limit where and when you carry that’s different from outside the locality if you have a CCW. They can if you don’t have one.

Sam
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Sam

In One Word………….NO, they cannot.

Larry Brown
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Larry Brown

I have a son that is an addict that has threatened to punch me in the heart and stop it I have a bad heart as it is I pulled my firearm on him I didn’t know if he was going to punch me or not what are my consequences.

APC
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APC

Larry;
Sad to hear that your son is addicted. Since this is after the fact, I can only advise you to discuss this with an attorney. Best not to discuss the incident outside that protected relationship. Prayers for you and your son.

Sammiches25
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Sammiches25

The other guy gave good advice. However, for future occasions, if you honestly believe your life is in danger, you probably won’t get charged for just drawing your weapon. Now it depends on where you live too. If you’re in a hostile Communist area such as Kansas City or STL, be VERY careful and do not make a habit of the firearm. Try non-lethal solutions first. Second, even if you’re in a free area where law enforcement would be more understanding, don’t draw your gun unless you’re going to use it or he may provoke you into doing it again… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

You were Defending yourself and Missouri does Not Require that you back away first. Missouri is a “Stand Your Ground State”.

Jaycen
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Jaycen

If you legitimately fear for your life, then you are within your legal right to shoot an attacker. If you are in your home, you are within your legal right to shoot an attacker. You do not have to back down or attempt to flee. I disagree with people who suggest a “non-violent solution”, because that means precious seconds are wasted while the other guy kills you. It is tragic that your son is lost and might never be found, but in the end it could come down to him or you. Most importantly, if someone is attacking you, especially… Read more »