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Missouri Gun Laws

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In 2017, Missouri became a constitutional carry state. This means no permit is necessary to conceal carry or openly carry a firearm. It’s important to know Missouri issues permits on a “Shall Issue” policy because of reciprocity with other states. There’s no registration requirements for firearms. Missouri also allows specially trained school employees to carry firearms on school grounds. You must be 19 to obtain a permit, and they’re issued at the county sheriff at the local level.

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Missouri Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? Yes
No Weapon Sign Enforced? No
Must Notify Officer? No

Missouri CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • 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

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • 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
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Missouri

Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Missouri. During their time in Missouri, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Missouri

Missouri: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Places Not Allowed

  • 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.

Missouri: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

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

Carry In Vehicle

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

Carry In State Parks

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

Carry In Restaurants

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

Constitutional Carry

Yes

Missouri is a constitutional carry state, no permit is required to carry a firearm if you meet the requirements to possess a firearm.

No Weapon Signs Enforced

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.

Must Notify Officer

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

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