State Gun Laws - Missouri - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Missouri. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. Missouri does not require a permit or license to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns.

2. Missouri recognizes and honors valid concealed carry permits/licenses issued by other states.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. There is no state requirement for a background check for private firearm sales or transfers.

2. Licensed firearms dealers are required to conduct background checks for all firearm sales, including at gun shows.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Missouri does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Missouri does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, but it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Missouri, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Missouri is an “open carry” state, which means that individuals who are not prohibited from owning firearms can openly carry firearms in public places without a permit.

2. A concealed carry permit (Missouri Concealed Carry Permit) is required to carry a concealed handgun in public. The permit is issued by local county sheriffs to qualified applicants.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. Missouri has a Stand Your Ground law, which allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a felony.

It’s important to consult the official Missouri state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Missouri’s gun laws.