Missouri has appallingly weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Since 2017, the state has allowed people to carry concealed, loaded firearms in public without a background check or permit. In 2017, Missouri had the sixth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at a higher rate than the national average. Missouri could save lives by investing in proven community violence intervention programs, requiring a background check and waiting period before every gun sale, and regulating undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

State Law Background

Among other things, Missouri does not:

In 2017, Missouri had the sixth highest gun death rate among the states. Missouri also supplied crime guns to other states at a higher rate than the national average, and the state exports more crime guns than it imports.

Missouri Firearms Laws

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