Missouri Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Missouri

As of January 2017 Missouri is now a constitutional carry state. Open carry is legal throughout the state, but they still issue permits on a “Shall Issue” basis for reciprocity. Missouri does not allow anyone who has a felony charge or deemed an incompetent person to own a firearm. Anyone who violates this law is subject to a Class D felony. Antique guns are the only exception to this rule. When you carry a concealed weapon, you must have your permit with you at all times, or you will be subject to a $35 fine. The county sheriff’s office issues permits to residents. Non-residents can apply but only if they are members of the military and veterans. Non-residents must be 18 to apply and their spouses 19 to apply. You must complete an 8-hour handgun-training course if you want a CCW though. Specially trained school employees are allowed to carry guns. This law was put into effect after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Some counties disallow open carry, but most of the state allows it. There are currently 160,184 concealed carry weapon permits in Missouri.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 160,184 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 36 # of states that honor Missouri license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Missouri honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 93 $ cost of the license
  • 19 Minimum age for license permit

Missouri’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Missouri CCW Reciprocity Map

Thirty-six U.S. states honor a Missouri gun permit and they are 

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, and Wyoming. Missouri honors fifty-three states and territory’s weapon permits and those states are, 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, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, Guam, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

These fourteen states do not allow a Missouri permit 

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Wisconsin only honors permits that were issued after 08/23/13 and Virginia honors them for people who are 21 and older.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Missouri Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

The county sheriff’s office issues permits for concealed carry. Missouri is a “Shall Issue” state. You are allowed to carry in your vehicle, with or without a permit. Missouri does not require you to notify an officer if you are carrying openly or concealed. Open carry is allowed anywhere that is not specified as “off limits.” You can enter places that have “no weapons” signs with your firearm, but if you are asked to leave then you must comply, or you will be legally breaking the law. You can legally carry in state parks and wildlife preserves along with national forests. Missouri is a constitutional carry state, and you can carry in restaurants, even those that serve alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

When applying for a concealed carry permit in Missouri, you must be 19 years old and a U.S. citizen. You must also reside in Missouri and take an 8-hour training class. You cannot be a felon or a fugitive. You cannot have a DUI within the last five years, and you cannot be mentally ill. Missouri does not issue permits for military personnel who have been dishonorably discharged. You must also follow all federal regulations. As of January 2017, you can legally conceal carry without a permit in Missouri.

Missouri Gun Background Check

Missouri is not a “point of contact” state and does not use their own database and resources to run a background check for the purchase of firearms in the state. Licensed dealers, however, are required by federal law to contact the FBI and use NCIS to run a full background check on anyone before selling them a gun or rifle. Missouri allows private sales between residents without a background check.

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MO CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry 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

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. You will need a firearms training certificate saying you have completed 8 hours of training.
  2. Also some form of Missouri state ID
  3. Some counties will require proof that you are a resident in the county.
  4. You can download an application from the forms section on this website and some counties offer an online application.
  5. If you are not making an online application take all your documents to your local county sheriffs office.
  6. You will also need full payment in the form of cash, money order or check.
  7. You will be fingerprinted at the sheriffs office.
  8. Some counties will notify you by phone within 45 days if your permit has been approved or denied.

CCW Renewal

  • You will normally get a reminder in the mail 3 – 6 months before your permits expiry date.
  • You can also submit a renewal application 6 months before the expiry date but not before the 6 months and 12 months after the expiry date.
  • No fingerprints are required for renewals.

MO Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
5 Years Permit | Permit to carry concealed firearmsUp to $100.00 (actual amount varies by county)$50.00$125.00
10 Years Permit (not honored in other states) | Permit to carry concealed firearms$200.00$50.00$125.00
25 Years Permit (not honored in other states) | Permit to carry concealed firearms$250.00$50.00$125.00
Lifetime Permit (not honored in other states) | Permit to carry concealed firearms$500.00$50.00$125.00

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Missouri

State parksWithin twenty-five feet of any polling place on any election day
State and national forestsLaw enforcement agency facilities
Road side rest areasAny courthouse solely occupied by the circuit, appellate or supreme court, or any courtrooms, administrative offices, libraries or other rooms of any such court
VehicleAny meeting of the governing body, meeting of the general assembly or a committee of the general assembly
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny 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 CCW Contact

Missouri Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:7:30 am – 4:30 pm


Address:St. Louis County Police Department
7900 Forsyth Boulevard,
City:Clayton, MO 63105
Phone:(314) 615-4272

CCW Licensing Offices in Missouri

Adair County Sheriff Office

Office Address
215 N Franklin St, Kirksville, MO 63501

(660) 665-4644

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Andrew County Sheriff Office

Office Address
400 E Main St, Savannah, MO 64485

(816) 324-4114

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Atchison County Sheriff Office

Office Address
511 W Clay St, Rock Port, MO 64482

(660) 744-6271

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Audrain County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1100 Littleby Rd, Mexico, MO 65265

(573) 473-5801

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Barry County Sheriff Office

Office Address
505 East St, Cassville, MO 65625

(417) 847-6556

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Barton County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1010 Cherry St, Lamar, MO 6475

(417) 682-5541

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Bates County Sheriff Office

Office Address
6 W Fort Scott St, Butler, MO 64730

(660) 679-3232

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Benton County Sheriff Office

Office Address
174 W Washington St, Warsaw, MO 65355

(660) 438-6135

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Counties in Missouri