How Does Missouri’s Concealed Carry Law Work?

There is no requirement that you have any kind of permit in order to carry a firearm in the state of Missouri, whether you want to openly carry it or carry it as a concealed weapon. You simply must be age 19 or older to carry a firearm, or you must be at least 18 years old and a member of the U.S. armed forces or an honorably discharged member of the U.S. armed forces.

However, you still can obtain a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit from your local county sheriff’s department in Missouri. Probably the only reason to obtain a CCW permit is if you intend to travel outside the state and want to be able to carry a concealed weapon. This is because certain other states extend reciprocity to Missouri CCW permits, meaning that they allow the Missouri CCW permit holders to carry concealed weapons in their states, just as they would in the state of Missouri.

To get a CCW permit in Missouri, you must be at least 19 (or 18 and a current or honorably discharged member of the U.S. armed forces), be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, be a resident of Missouri or a member of the U.S. armed forces stationed in Missouri. You also must provide evidence of completion of a firearms training by a Missouri-certified instructor in order to get a CCW permit in the state.

There are also certain classes of people who cannot obtain CCW permits in Missouri, or possess a firearm at all. Among others, these individuals include anyone who has been:

  • Charged with, convicted of, or plead guilty or no contest to, a crime punishable by more than one year of incarceration or any crime involving violence in the last five years
  • Convicted of two or more misdemeanor offenses involving drunk or drugged driving, or possession or abuse of a controlled substance in the last five years
  • Adjudicated mentally incompetent within the last five years or committed to a mental institution

Other ineligible individuals include fugitives from justice, those whose pattern of behavior leads a sheriff to reasonably conclude that they are dangerous to themselves or others, or who are subject to a current protective order. Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center provides strong legal representation on a regular basis for individuals who are charged with traffic, DWI crimes, and other criminal offenses. It is our priority is to represent your interests and protect your rights.  Call us at (816) 322-8008 and schedule an appointment to meet with us about your case today.

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