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Missouri Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/01/2019
Carry allowed with my Missouri permit?
Yes
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Missouri Gun Laws

Missouri is a constitutional carry state as well as a shall-issue state. Permits are issued at the local level by county sheriffs.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. 

Open carry and concealed carry are legal in Missouri for anyone 19 years or older who can legally possess a firearm, with or without a concealed carry permit (CCP). However local authorities, such as the city of Blair, can restrict open carry, but a concealed carry permit holder is not restricted from open carry in any location where concealed carry is permitted. It remains illegal, however, for domestic violence offenders, incompetent persons and felons to carry a firearm. 

To obtain a Missouri CCP, you must be at least 19 years old (18 if in the military) and have passed a firearms training course. Individuals with a CCP can carry concealed in the jurisdictions that prohibit open carry.  The application must be made in your county of residence. Non-resident permits are only available to persons who are on active military duty or veterans who are at least 18 years old and stationed in Missouri.  There are a number of restricted locations including school facilities and public passenger buses and trains. In terms of reciprocity, since permitless carry is legal in Missouri anyone 19 years or older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

Missouri has Castle Doctrine laws and became the 25th state to adopt the "stand your ground" canon. It empowers gun owners to defend themselves outside of their homes or properties. They are not required to retreat, wherever they may lawfully be, prior to using deadly force. The law also prohibits political subdivisions to preclude the use of firearms to defend people or property. 

Missouri law does not plainly state you don’t need a permit to carry. They changed the definition of "unlawful use of a weapon" to only apply when a person carries a weapon into a place that is off-limits per Missouri law.

160k
Permits Issued
6.1M
State Population
2.61%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
36
Reciprocating States
19
Minimum Age to CC

Missouri Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Missouri allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Missouri?

Yes, without a permit. However, local authorities can regulate open carry for those who do not have a concealed carry permit. [§ 21.750, RSMo] As of April 12, 2019, open carry without a permit, will not be allowed on city property, including parks, the pool and city-owned buildings in the City of Blair. Permit holders will not be allowed to carry at government meetings or schools. Business owners can post signs to restrict open and concealed carry.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Missouri requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Missouri to get a concealed carry permit?

19

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Missouri with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Missouri issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Non-resident permits are only available to persons who are on active military duty, their spouses or veterans who are at least 18 years old and stationed in Missouri.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Missouri allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Missouri?

Yes, without a permit [§ 571.030, RSMo] and on restricted premises, so long as the firearm is not removed from the vehicle or brandished while the vehicle is on the premises. [§ 571.107.1, RSMo]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Missouri?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Missouri?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Missouri?

Yes, in the restaurant area only (not in the bar area without the consent of the manager), but not if posted and provided you are not intoxicated. 
[§ 571.107.1(7), RSMo]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Missouri have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Missouri state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Missouri?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Missouri have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Missouri have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. The possession and sale of "exploding bullets" (bullets or projectiles that explode or detonate on impact due to an independent explosive charge after being shot from a firearm) is prohibited. The minimum age to purchase or possess handgun ammunition is 18 years old.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Missouri? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No, unless an individual refuses to leave or repeatedly enters the premises while carrying a concealed weapon. 
[§ 571.107.1(15), RSMo] and [§ 571.107.2, RSMo]

Preemption?

Does Missouri have [preemption laws](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. However, counties and municipalities may:

  • Prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms, even by persons permitted to do so under state law, in any building or portion of a building owned, leased or controlled by the county or municipality [Mo. Rev. Stat § 571.107.1(6)];
  • Require a concealed carry permit for open carry; and
  • Regulate the discharge of firearms. 
[§ 21.750, RSMo]
Red Flag Law?

Does Missouri have a red flag law?

No.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity."
Article 1, Section 23

Missouri Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Missouri honor?

Alabama (if at least 19 years old)
Alaska (if at least 19 years old)
Arizona (if at least 19 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 19 years old)
California (if at least 19 years old)
Colorado (if at least 19 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 19 years old)
Delaware (if at least 19 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 19 years old)
Florida (if at least 19 years old)
Georgia (if at least 19 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 19 years old)
Idaho (if at least 19 years old)
Illinois (if at least 19 years old)
Indiana (if at least 19 years old)
Iowa (if at least 19 years old)
Kansas (if at least 19 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 19 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 19 years old)
Maine (if at least 19 years old)
Maryland (if at least 19 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 19 years old)
Michigan (if at least 19 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 19 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 19 years old)
Montana (if at least 19 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 19 years old)
Nevada (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 19 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 19 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 19 years old)
New York (if at least 19 years old)
New York City (if at least 19 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 19 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 19 years old)
Ohio (if at least 19 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 19 years old)
Oregon (if at least 19 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 19 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 19 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 19 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 19 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 19 years old)
Texas (if at least 19 years old)
Utah (if at least 19 years old)
Vermont (if at least 19 years old)
Virginia (if at least 19 years old)
Washington (if at least 19 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 19 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 19 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 19 years old)

Permitless carry is legal in Missouri for anyone 19 years or older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

Missouri's concealed carry law provides recognition of concealed weapons permits from every state.  


Other States' Reciprocity With Missouri

Which states honor permits from Missouri?

Missouri residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Missouri

Which states honor permits from Missouri with restrictions?

Colorado (at least 21 years old)
Florida (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Nebraska (at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Texas (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (not provisional licenses)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Missouri Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least age 19, or be at least 18 and a member of the United States Armed Forces or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces;
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Be either a resident of Missouri, a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri or the spouse of such a military member;
  • Have taken a firearms training course;
  • Not have pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest or have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun;
  • Not have been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to one or more misdemeanor offenses involving crimes of violence during the immediately preceding 5-year period, or not have been convicted of 2 or more misdemeanor offenses involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or the possession or abuse of a controlled substance during the immediately preceding 5-year period;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice or currently charged in an information or indictment with the commission of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun;
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Not have been engaged in a pattern of behavior, documented in public records, that causes the sheriff to have a reasonable belief that the applicant presents a danger to himself, herself or others;
  • Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent at the time of application or for 5 years prior to application, or committed to a mental health facility or a similar institution located in another state following a hearing at which the applicant was represented by counsel or a representative;
  • Not be the respondent of a valid “full order of protection” that is still in effect; and
  • Must meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

$93 for new permits

$50 for renewals 

$500 for lifetime permit (extended and lifetime permits are not valid outside of MO)

Valid For:

5 years

There are options for 10 and 20-year extended permits as well as lifetime permits. Consult with your county Sheriff's office before applying for an extended permit.

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:

Link to application

Boone County Online Permit Application 

MO Sheriff’s Association Standard Permit Info

Link to Extended/Lifetime Permit Info

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Non-resident permits are only available to persons who are on active military duty or veterans who 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. The application and process are similar to that for residents. 

Name/Address Changes:

If you change your name, you have 30 days to notify your sheriff and obtain a corrected or new permit. The sheriff may charge you no more than $10 to process the name change.  If you do not notify your sheriff within 30 days that you have changed your name, the sheriff MUST, by law, charge you a late fee of $10 per month for each month up to six months.  If you neglect to notify your sheriff within 180 days that you have changed your name, your permit automatically becomes invalid. 

You are not required to report a change of address unless you move to a different county. You have 30 days to notify the sheriff of the county into which you move of your permanent residence location.  The sheriff may charge you no more than $10 to process the address change. If you do not notify the sheriff within 30 days that you have moved into their county, the sheriff MUST, by law, charge you a late fee of $10 per month for each month up to six months.  If you neglect to notify the sheriff within 180 days that you have moved into their county, your permit automatically becomes invalid. You will get a new permit number and a new card from the sheriff.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Within 7 days of actually discovering the loss or destruction of the permit, the permit holder must appear at the sheriff’s department to furnish a written statement that the permit is lost/destroyed. A replacement permit will be issued within 3 days for a fee.


Missouri Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Missouri Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete 8 hours of firearms training or the 1-hour online NRA firearms safety course, with the remainder of the training provided by a qualified concealed carry instructor.

Step 2:

Download and complete a hard copy (or online for Boone County) application.  Provide proof of residence (required by some counties).

Step 3:

Take the completed application to the county sheriff's office or submit online where applicable.  

Pay the fee.

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail within 45 days if your permit has been approved or denied.  


Firearms Training Requirements in Missouri

Firearms training is required in order to obtain Missouri CCP. Applicants who complete a one-hour NRA course must still complete a separate course taught by a qualified safety instructor, but do not need to spend a particular number of hours in such a course. The extra course that is required in addition to the NRA course must include instruction on:
 

Applicants for all types of concealed carry permits who do not complete an NRA course must take and pass a firearms safety course of at least 8 hours in length that includes instruction on all of the above topics, plus:

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Missouri Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Missouri Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You will normally get a reminder in the mail three to six months before your permits expiry date. You can submit a renewal application no longer than 6 months before the expiry date to 12 months after the expiry date.

Step 2:

Download and complete a hard copy application or online for Boone County 

Step 3:

Take the completed application along with your Missouri ID or Driver’s License (required by some counties) and your CCW permit or endorsement to the county sheriff's office or submit online where applicable.  

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your permit has been approved or denied.  


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Per Missouri Revised Statutes 571.030(2) & (12), only the law enforcement agency at which an LEO/RLEO worked can offer him/her the qualification training and issue a LEOSA identification card. If a law enforcement agency from that state does not have the program available, those LEOs that are or were from that agency would not be able to have a concealed weapon under LEOSA. Out-of-state LEOs moving to Missouri must verify if they have reciprocity with their state of residence or corroborate if any of Missouri’s law enforcement agencies will qualify them and issue them a LEOSA identification. RLEOs can check with the county in which they reside. For example, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is now hosting firearms qualifications for retired law enforcement officers (*qualified law enforcement officer). It is open to all retired Law Enforcement Officers that have relocated and are now living in Jasper County, Missouri.

Missouri State Hwy Patrol Separated Law Enforcement Officer Concealed Weapon Permit Application Form


Missouri Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Missouri?

Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Missouri?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Any higher-education institution or elementary- or secondary-school facility;
  • Any portion of a building used as a child-care facility;
  • Law enforcement agency facilities;
  • Within 25 feet of any polling place on any election day;
  • Any adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison or jail;
  • 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 establishment licensed to dispense intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises;
  • Any area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property;
  • Any building or portion of a building owned, leased or controlled by some counties or municipalities; 
  • Any riverboat gambling operation accessible by the public;
  • Any gated area of an amusement park;
  • Any church or other place of religious worship without the consent of the minister or person or persons representing the religious organization that exercises control over the place of religious worship (except in a vehicle in the parking lot);
  • 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 5,000 or more;
  • Any hospital accessible by the public;
  • Any public passenger bus or metro train; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

§ 571.107.1, RSMo


FAQ: Missouri Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Missouri?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Missouri?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Missouri?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Missouri?

No.

What are the knife laws in Missouri?

Generally, you can carry concealed a knife with a blade length of no more than 4 inches, so long as it is not a switchblade knife. You may not conceal carry any other knife on your person or in your vehicle in Missouri..

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in MO?

Not while intoxicated per § 571.107.1(7), RSMo.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Missouri Gun Laws


Missouri Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/01/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/10/2019

Added info about the city of Blair to the Gen'l section and At A Glance table

03/28/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/22/2019

Added church info to locations restrictions section

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

12/10/2018

Clarified open carry info

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Missouri


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