Missouri Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong GunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
Permit required for concealed carry?NoNoMissouri is a “shall issue” state for concealed carry. Permitless carry took effect on January 1, 2017.[91]Per the RSMo, there is no restriction on the concealed carry of long guns or any other weapons in Missouri. [92]
Permit required for open carry?NoNoOpen carry is permitted. As of October 11, 2014, a valid CCW overrides local laws against open carry state wide.
State preemption of local restrictions?YesYesLocal governments are allowed to regulate open carry and the discharge of firearms (except in self defense); however, CCW permit holders are exempt from ordinances banning open carry.[93]In December 2019, St. Louis passed an ordinance forbidding the carrying of firearms in city parks, athletic fields and facilities, and recreational facilities.[94][95] A lawsuit challenging the ordinance as a violation of preemption is expected.
Assault weapon law?NoNo
Magazine Capacity Restriction?NoNo
NFA weapons restricted?NoNo
Peaceable journey law?YesYes
Background checks required for private sales?NoNo

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