Carrying A Firearm in Missouri

Carrying A Firearm in Missouri

Can I Openly Carry A Firearm in Missouri?

Yes, but it depends on local ordinances. Open carry is generally legal in Missouri, but cities and local governments within Missouri have the right to limit open carry. It is best to simply get a concealed carry license and carry your firearm concealed, which is legal state-wide in Missouri, except for a few places. (see this link)

Firearms in a Vehicle in Missouri?

You do not need a permit to carry a firearm in your vehicle while in Missouri. Even concealing a firearm on your person while in a vehicle is okay, as long as you don’t step outside of the car while concealing it. “Missouri now permits any person who is at least 19 years old to transport a concealable firearm in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. No concealed carry endorsement is required. Under the old law, the peaceable journey exception to the unlawful-use-of-a-weapon law permitted travelers on a continuous peaceable journey to carry a concealed weapon. The peaceable journey exception is still in the law, and may apply in circumstances where the new law does not (i.e. if the person is less than 21 years old).” – (see this link)

Carrying a Weapon in a Missouri Vehicle

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What are the Local Ordinances?

Basically, local ordinances are a pain in the rear. They allow one city or community to outlaw the carrying of firearms openly, while the city 10 miles away legally allows it. The views of politicians in local government play a significant role in what is allowed and what is considered illegal for certain cities and municipalities. While concealed carry is a statewide law, open carrying in Missouri is left up to local governments. << If you live in Missouri, you’re better off just getting your concealed carry license and carrying that way. It will also save you a lot of grief when the police show up to Walmart and try to arrest you for legally openly carrying because someone reported a man with a gun.

NOTE: There has been legislation proposed to allow CCW without a permit. Missouri House Bill 1250, proposed by State Rep. Eric Burlison in April 2015 attempts to do just that.

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38 Comments

  1. Can you help me with this one? In section 571.030 after describing schools, churches, etc it further reads:

    “4. Subdivisions (1), (8), and (10) of subsection 1 of this section shall not apply to any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 or a valid permit or endorsement to carry concealed firearms issued by another state or political subdivision of another state.”

    This would lead me to believe that if you are a valid CCW, you have exemptions in those described locations?

    • Frank… A CCW permit does NOT grant you access to carry into churches, schools, hospitals, etc. You can, however, get permission from church leaders and be okay with it.

      • There has been some confusion on the matter, so let me clarify…. Just because you have a CCW permit does NOT grant you access to carry a firearm inside of a school building, courthouse, church etc! The parking lots of these places and in your personal vehicle are another matter; but being inside of a school with a firearm is a big No-No! For the sake of our readers, comments saying otherwise or arguing this will not be approved.
        — This is not legal advice; speak to a professional attorney if you have further questions about the law. –

  2. DONT!!!! Carry a firearm in your vehicle on the grounds of a school district or you WILL go to jail! It is illegal to carry a firearm on school grounds in your vehicle in Missouri. The advice this column gives is good except in regards to this!

  3. So if one was convicted of a misdimeanor domestic violence 23 years ago in the state of Missouri, they can apply for a ccw? I don’t condone violence, especially domestic violence, but there are circumstances where people get charged with a crime that they didn’t do, and are found guilty, even with a lawyer.

  4. Mr “Bad Advice”;

    Yes in fact, per Missouri law, you CAN carry a weapon in your vehicle in the parking lot in a school. Even to the drive up window at the bank! You CAN NOT remove the weapon from your vehicle, or brandish or make it visible in the vehicle, however. Missouri has a handful of exemptions making your car basically an extension of your home. You can carry a firearm into the parking lot of restricted places IF IN FACT it remains in your vehicle.

    HOWEVER- Many schools have signs posted once you enter the GROUNDS (not just outside the building) stating ‘No Firearms on this Campus’ or something to that effect. While it’s not state law, AND while those signs do NOT have the force of law in MO; you CAN be forced to leave the school grounds if you are found to have a weapon. However, even IF there is a sign, you cannot be charged with a crime for having the weapon in the parking lot, as long as it isn’t brandished, removed from the vehicle, and if someone finds out about it; you leave when and if requested immediately. Same with carrying into non-restricted places (banks, etc.) that have clearly posted signs. It is not a crime, however, you do have to leave if you are asked, and police officers could charge you with trespassing, or certain weapons violations if you refuse to comply with the property/business owners request to not have an armed person in the premises.

    However, again, if you are not asked to leave, then you won’t be charged with a crime. If you are asked to leave and you comply, then you won’t be charged with a crime.

  5. ^ Noticed a typo on the above comment. That was to say, a Bank is an example of a RESTRICTED place, so that is DIFFERENT. However, my example about signs carrying the force of law might mean a sign outside of a restaurant (not a bar). That is not on the list of restricted places, thus state law allows conceal carry. If you have a weapon in that place (sign or no sign) you must leave if asked. However, you cannot be charged with a crime for possessing the weapon inside that restaurant, EVEN IF it had a sign.

    For the record, I personally would not recommend carrying a weapon into those establishment. If we gun owners / carriers want voters to defend our rights, we need to defend others right including the right to restrict gun carry within a private place of business. If you don’t want to go ANYWHERE without your weapon, then don’t patronize establishments that don’t want you to exercise your rights- vote with your dollar! The law is there to protect people from being charged with a crime who honestly didn’t see or understand the sign that was posted- meaning that a person needs only to understand Missouri and local laws, and that a private citizen can’t simply put up a plastic sign to make something a crime. However, abuse of that ‘loophole’ is sure to get it closed. Many states DO make it a crime to carry into places that have posted signs, and we don’t want that! So just don’t do it.

  6. I live five houses across the street from an elementary school, within 4 blocks of a middle school, 6 blocks from a pre-school and 1 mile from a high school. These are on 3 of the 4 sides of my house. So… um…. yea…. what about this caveat?

  7. If stopped by Law Enforcement Agents and your weapon is in your vehicle, are you required to surrender it to the Agents if you are asked?

  8. I am a retired Deputy Sheriff (Captain), and it was news to me that the laws have been changed in reguards to carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. I for one am very happy about this. I feel that due to the amout of training, and practical use of any number of weapons, any *RETIRED* police officer should be exempt from having to go through a mediocore training session, which is nothing to what we have been trained for previously, and the expense of that training. Then to be subjected to scrutiny by those who have not the experience that goes with our training, judge us to determine if we sould be issued a conceal & carry permit. This is totally unfounded.
    A *RETIRED* poice officer in good standing at the time of retirement, should be automatically granted full and unexpireable conceal & carry authority, at the time of thier retirement.
    I think this would be a major help to society, in that just knowing this person is trained and may be armed, may be helpful to possibly stop some criminal actions from happening. Also, with so many mass shootings taking place across our country, I believe the active police could use the help of EXPERIENCED, TRAINED persons with a law enforcement background.

  9. I think there are 2 statutes in effect in regards to the age that you can acquire a CCW permit.

    Any person twenty-three years of age or older who is a citizen of the United States and who has assumed residency in Missouri, or who is a member of the armed forces stationed in Missouri or who is a spouse of such member of the military can submit an application for a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement for the Missouri driver’s or non-driver’s license.

    Any person 21 years of age or older who is a citizen of the United States and who has assumed residency in Missouri, or who is at least 18 years of age and a member of the armed forces stationed in Missouri or a 21 year old spouse who is a spouse of such member of the military can submit an application for a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement for the Missouri driver’s or non-driver’s license.

    From what I read the second statute was passed into law on May 11, 2011 so that any citizen and state resident over the age of 21 can apply for a CCW permit and then the original law doesn’t contradict the newer law and so it hasn’t been taken off the books yet

    Sources:
    http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/missouri.aspx

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-senate-passes-bill-to-drop-minimum-age-for-concealed/article_caf46da9-8ef3-5ab6-a7c6-2713d180bf24.html

  10. I was told by a sheriff’s deputy in Jasper County that you can get an endorsement at 21?

  11. I am 19 years old can i carry a 22 rifle in my truck?

    • I believe the law stats you have to be 21 years old to transport a concealable firearm inside a vehicle. So the legal issue here would be the clarification of what is considered ‘concealable’. If the rifle was mounted in the back window of your truck, like an old-fashioned hunting rifle, that would not be concealed in my view; but would also be a stupid way to transport a firearm in most parts of Missouri. I suppose you’d usually want your firearm out of view of others who might see it and break in to steal it. For that reason it’d be concealed, which you’d need to be 21.

  12. Does anyone know if the law for notaries carrying guns still exists? If so where is it in the state statutes so I can review it? I am wanting to get my CCW but since I am a notary someone said I might not need the CCW permit

    • I’m no lawyer, but I have no idea what ‘law’ you’d be referring to. Unless a notary went through hours of classroom lectures about firearm safety, a qualifying shoot and got their finger prints taken at the sheriffs office, I don’t think it qualifies. Get you CCW from a reputable training facility and don’t guess or think you’re already covered.

  13. AS law abiding citizens, I am glad it is ok to carry your gun in your car in your car without it having to be unloaded and ammo., in the trunk, WE should be able to protect ourselves, esp., with what is going on now in Missouri.

    It is not the GUNS THAT HARM OR KILL IT IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE GUN. The “march” in St. Louis, on Saturday should show that law abiding citizens are not the ones causing the problems, there was no trouble, except for those who still had to bring up what happened when someone takes to stealing and then thinks they have the right to do so or to come at a police officer and expect them to not defend themselves, had to “protest”, other than that, there was NO TROUBLE Saturday.

    Again enough already, I know some of those in “charge” might have an “ego” problem, I have always had that thought, but to not have the right to protect themselves, or the right of the law abiding citizen, to protect us, is just plain stupid.

  14. So you all post that open carry is affected from one municipality to another, IE; one city says it’s O.K., the other down the road says no. According to, and I’m presuming that the NRAILA website is current with Missouri law, it, NRA”s info., says Missouri’s gun laws have a PREEMPTION clause; which means state law applies and no municipality(city/town) or even county can pass an ordinance setting aside or defying State LAW.

    So which is it folks; does state say I can open carry anywhere, other than stipulated locations; or, can a town/city pass it’s own restrictive gun ordinances?? As a side note, cities and counties only pass codes/ordinances, the do NOT, can NOT pass “law(s)” as on the state legislature has that power, passing “law(s)”.

  15. How old do you have to be to have a hand gun in your vehicle?

    • I’m no lawyer, but I’d venture to guess that if you’re old enough to have a handgun in your general possession, you can have it in your vehicle in the state of Missouri – minus some places that restrict them (airports, certain marked malls, etc).

  16. The last bullet point above states that any public or private property where posted. So a sign at a convenience store or restaurant would be inforceable by law..

  17. I have a question, and was hoping someone could provide me with information. I was almost hit at a stop sign on my street in lee’s summit mo., and I honked . he proceeded to follow me,and left his vehicle, and entered my yard. I told the man to leave. “I will get my weapon and call the cops”. The cops came and the man said I pulled out my weapon when the police arrived they wanted to see my weapon, my weapon is in a gun safe,and a gun case. the cops said they did not believe me,and the man was aloud to leave. I don’t understand how a man can get out his vehicle enter my yard accost me,and I am the criminal. could I not have pulled out my weapon if it was in glove box,and my car was parked in my driveway? are their any links or state statues regarding firearms,and private property?

    • Two mistakes stand out to me regarding this situation 1) Don’t lead someone like that to your house. Keep driving and go to a public place or to a police station parking lot. Keep doors locked. 2) Don’t warn someone you’re going to get your weapon; that obviously implies that you have a weapon. Either stay in the vehicle with doors locked, or get into your house and lock the door. No talking is necessary, as it will probably not be in your favor as the other individual is angry and talking probably won’t help. — As far as what did happen… that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Hopefully you were the one that called the police; and if that is the case, you should have verbally made your stance known on the phone using proper verbs that describe you and the threat that you feel. For example, if you’re wearing a red shirt and the attacker is wearing black, that should be passed on to the responding officer so he’s aware of the situation prior to arriving. That would have helped the situation I think.

  18. This is full of so much misinformation and definitely not up to date. Author has no real comprehension of state law and and attempts to tell others what is best for them by telling them ccw is best for you over oc.

    • Incorrect. OC has it’s place and I personally don’t have anything against it; though for some it just isn’t for them; and for many places, it’s just not the best choice, IMO; that doesn’t mean it’s legal or illegal, just not a good choice.

  19. When it says ” “Missouri now permits any person who is at least 21 years old to transport a concealable firearm in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle,” does that mean it must be in the glove box, and I cannot travel with my firearm stowed under my leg or some such for rapid retrieval in the event that I should need it?

    • You can have it in your pocket, under your leg or wherever inside of the vehicle. If it’s concealed on your person, be aware that as soon as you step out of the vehicle, you need to have your CCW to stay legal.

  20. I just got myself a .40 Glock. Can I carry it in my vehicle loaded? I am 21 with no conceal and carry. Thanks

  21. My question is, is it illegal to carry a concealed weapon INTO schools? I’m a 39 year old adult student at a local tech school. I just want to be legal.

    • Yes, it is against Missouri law to carry a firearm into a school. There are some situations where it is okay, but those are rare, and you’d know it if it was okay. Colleges, Universities and Technical school however, I’m not sure about specifically. Sorry.

  22. OK my question is I’ve had a feloney probation and been off for couple years. I’ve never had any drug or alcohol charges nor any kind of violent crimes, it was only driving on suspended, would anyone be able to tell me if I can obtain firearms or if not point me into the direction to where I can find out or how I can obtain than you for your help

    • I believe that if you have a felony on your record, you can not purchase a firearm or have one in your possession without a pardon from the governor. That’s not necessarily legal advice, just my understanding. If you buy from a private party, you won’t have to go through state or federal channels so your record won’t be in questions necessarily, but if the seller does it right, they should have you sign a paper stating that: Has NEVER been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year. Is NOT a fugitive from justice. Is NOT an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance. Has NEVER been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution. Is NOT an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United states or an alien admitted to the United states under a nonimmigrant visa. Has NOT been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions. Having been a citizen of the United states, has NEVER renounced his or her citizenship. Is NOT subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner. Has NOT been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, CAN lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm. Is NOT a person who is under indictment or information for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.

  23. Can you please explain Amendment 5? I am confused by the wording in this. Does it mean that we are able to carry concealed since that verbiage was removed for the law? Any information would be helpful. Thank you.

    • I can certainly see how you can be confused by this change. the wording “but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons” has been removed; which leaves many to think if the permit requirement will be going away. You can read attorney Chuck Hatfield’s comments on this page: http://goo.gl/RWLZ3k We reached out to Mr. Hatfield and will let our audience know his thoughts in a coming blog post, so please stay tuned and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moFirearms

  24. What if you are carrying a shotgun in the vehicle instead of a concealed firearm? would the age 19 requirement still stand for this since it is not a concealable firearm? or would there be any age limit at all to carry a shotgun in your vehicle?

    • I believe there is no age restriction if you go by the “peaceable journey” exception law, but I don’t think that covers regular routine carrying of a shotgun in the vehicle. Hunters carry firearms all the time in their trucks with no problems. The real question here is one of age; to which I am not totally sure about. I can’t imagine a 17 year old with a shotgun in the vehicle getting pulled over and then just be let go by police. I would say some common sense should come into play by making smart decisions as to why a 19 year old would need a shotgun readily accessible in their vehicle instead of a legal concealed carry handgun. I’d have to advice you seek legal council for a better answer to your question Zeke. Thanks.

  25. Thank you, i will check in further with it with the conservation or the local police.