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).

  • Prohibition against concealed carry at polling places

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Waiting period

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Ammunition sale regulation