State Law Background
Among other things, Missouri does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed carry permit.
In 2016, Missouri had the 7th highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. Missouri had the 26th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016—meaning that crime guns originally sold in Missouri were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 26th highest rate among the states.
Missouri Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Missouri, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.