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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Missouri, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 44.0%1
2002: 45.4%2
2001: 41.7%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Missouri, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 45.30%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Missouri, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 57.1%5 6
1991/2000: 63.8%
1981/1990: 63.0%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Missouri, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 9437
2013: 880
2012: 882
2011: 854
2010: 846
2009: 822
2008: 818
2007: 759
2006: 767
2005: 752
2004: 664
2003: 657
2002: 696
2001: 744
2000: 742
1999: 711

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 15.557
2013: 14.56
2012: 14.64
2011: 14.21
2010: 14.13
2009: 13.79
2008: 13.81
2007: 12.89
2006: 13.13
2005: 12.99
2004: 11.55
2003: 11.51
2002: 12.26
2001: 13.19
2000: 13.26
1999: 12.78

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Missouri, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 3927
2012: 424
2011: 419
2010: 438
2009: 428
2008: 482
2007: 384
2006: 412
2005: 417
2004: 369
2003: 323
2002: 366
2001: 437
2000: 398
1999: 385

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.497
2012: 7.04
2011: 6.97
2010: 7.31
2009: 7.18
2008: 8.14
2007: 6.52
2006: 7.05
2005: 7.20
2004: 6.42
2003: 5.66
2002: 6.45
2001: 7.75
2000: 7.11
1999: 6.92

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Missouri, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 2937
2012: 311
2011: 303
2010: 335
2009: 319
2008: 360
2007: 265
2006: 295
2005: 293
2004: 257
2003: 219
2002: 253
2001: 275
2000: 273
1999: 244

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.857
2012: 5.16
2011: 5.04
2010: 5.59
2009: 5.35
2008: 6.08
2007: 4.50
2006: 5.05
2005: 5.06
2004: 4.47
2003: 3.84
2002: 4.46
2001: 4.87
2000: 4.88
1999: 4.39

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 1379 10
2012: 153
2011: 158
2010: 189
2009: 170
2008: 172
2007: 92
2006: 96
2005: 113
2004: 97
2003: 83
2002: 114
2001: 90
2000: 148
1999: 186
1998: 193
1997: 185
1996: 204
1995: 242

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.2712
2012: 2.54
2011: 2.63
2010: 3.15
2009: 2.85
2008: 2.90
2007: 1.56
2006: 1.64
2005: 1.95
2004: 1.69
2003: 1.45
2002: 2.01
2001: 1.60
2000: 2.64
1999: 3.34
1998: 3.50
1997: 3.38
1996: 3.76
1995: 4.50

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2513 10
2012: 39
2011: 42
2010: 18
2009: 38
2008: 60
2007: 19
2006: 49
2005: 69
2004: 61
2003: 54
2002: 58
2001: 64
2000: 59
1999: 70

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4113 10
2012: 0.65
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.64
2008: 1.01
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.84
2005: 1.19
2004: 1.06
2003: 0.95
2002: 1.02
2001: 1.13
2000: 1.05
1999: 1.26

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 209 10
2012: 16
2011: 22
2010: 30
2009: 19
2008: 40
2007: 28
2006: 27
2005: 28
2004: 29
2003: 14
2002: 27
2001: 20
2000: 19
1999: 18
1998: 35
1997: 39
1996: 33
1995: 42

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3312
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.37
2010: 0.50
2009: 0.32
2008: 0.98
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.46
2005: 0.48
2004: 0.50
2003: 0.25
2002: 0.48
2001: 0.35
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.32
1998: 0.63
1997: 0.71
1996: 0.61
1995: 0.78

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 12
2011: 13
2010: 14
2009: 12
2008: 24
2007: 20
2006: 33
2005: 35
2004: 32
2003: 29
2002: 25
2001: 35
2000: 32
1999: 22

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.41
2007: 0.34
2006: 0.56
2005: 0.60
2004: 0.56
2003: 0.51
2002: 0.44
2001: 0.62
2000: 0.57
1999: 0.40

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 1169 10
2012: 114
2011: 96
2010: 102
2009: 87
2008: 137
2007: 127
2006: 123
2005: 140
2004: 117
2003: 86
2002: 88
2001: 123
2000: 60
1999: 9
1998: 11
1997: 30
1996: 27
1995: 30

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.9212
2012: 1.89
2011: 1.60
2010: 1.70
2009: 1.46
2008: 2.31
2007: 2.16
2006: 2.11
2005: 2.42
2004: 2.04
2003: 1.51
2002: 1.55
2001: 2.18
2000: 1.07
1999: 0.16
1998: 0.20
1997: 0.55
1996: 0.50
1995: 0.56

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 26213 10
2012: 260
2011: 248
2010: 303
2009: 269
2008: 276
2007: 226
2006: 213
2005: 189
2004: 164
2003: 136
2002: 170
2001: 176
2000: 182
1999: 152

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Missouri, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.3313 10
2012: 4.32
2011: 4.13
2010: 5.06
2009: 4.51
2008: 4.66
2007: 3.84
2006: 3.65
2005: 3.26
2004: 2.85
2003: 2.38
2002: 3.00
2001: 3.12
2000: 3.25
1999: 2.73

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Missouri, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 9607
2012: 914
2011: 933
2010: 856
2009: 860
2008: 779
2007: 808
2006: 799
2005: 727
2004: 715
2003: 679
2002: 693
2001: 725
2000: 699
1999: 700

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 15.887
2012: 15.17
2011: 15.52
2010: 14.29
2009: 14.43
2008: 13.15
2007: 13.72
2006: 13.68
2005: 12.56
2004: 12.44
2003: 11.89
2002: 12.21
2001: 12.85
2000: 12.49
1999: 12.59

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Missouri, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 5567
2012: 546
2011: 513
2010: 489
2009: 471
2008: 421
2007: 452
2006: 444
2005: 427
2004: 389
2003: 411
2002: 423
2001: 427
2000: 434
1999: 426

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 9.207
2012: 9.06
2011: 8.54
2010: 8.17
2009: 7.90
2008: 7.11
2007: 7.68
2006: 7.60
2005: 7.37
2004: 6.77
2003: 7.20
2002: 7.45
2001: 7.57
2000: 7.76
1999: 7.66

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Missouri, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 20513
2012: 203
2011: 154
2010: 162
2009: 165
2008: 159
2007: 175
2006: 181
2005: 173
2004: 165
2003: 179
2002: 218
2001: 195
2000: 192
1999: 189

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.3913
2012: 3.37
2011: 2.56
2010: 2.70
2009: 2.77
2008: 2.68
2007: 2.97
2006: 3.10
2005: 2.99
2004: 2.87
2003: 3.14
2002: 3.84
2001: 3.46
2000: 3.43
1999: 3.40

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Missouri, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 10513
2012: 111
2011: 100
2010: 114
2009: 100
2008: 102
2007: 128
2006: 137
2005: 133
2004: 119
2003: 135
2002: 136
2001: 153
2000: 162
1999: 161

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.7413
2012: 1.84
2011: 1.66
2010: 1.90
2009: 1.68
2008: 1.72
2007: 2.17
2006: 2.34
2005: 2.30
2004: 2.07
2003: 2.36
2002: 2.40
2001: 2.71
2000: 2.90
1999: 2.89

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Missouri, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 24613
2012: 232
2011: 259
2010: 213
2009: 206
2008: 160
2007: 149
2006: 126
2005: 121
2004: 105
2003: 97
2002: 69
2001: 79
2000: 80
1999: 76

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.0713
2012: 3.85
2011: 4.31
2010: 3.56
2009: 3.46
2008: 2.70
2007: 2.53
2006: 2.16
2005: 2.09
2004: 1.83
2003: 1.70
2002: 1.22
2001: 1.40
2000: 1.43
1999: 1.37

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Missouri, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 197
2012: 17
2011: 23
2010: 13
2009: 20
2008: 26
2007: 20
2006: 20
2005: 23
2004: 16
2003: 17
2002: 12
2001: 26
2000: 29
1999: 25

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.317
2012: 0.28
2011: 0.38
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.34
2008: 0.44
2007: 0.34
2006: 0.34
2005: 0.40
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.30
2002: 0.21
2001: 0.46
2000: 0.52
1999: 0.45

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Missouri, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 12
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Missouri, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 11
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Missouri, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 10
2008: 14
2007: 12
2006: 12
2005: 11
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Missouri, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 15
2006: 4
2005: 7
2004: 1
2003: 7
2002: 5
2001: 15
2000: 3
1999: 11

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.27
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.20

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Missouri, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Missouri, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Missouri, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Missouri, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Missouri, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 2818
2010: 24
2009: 26
2008: 2919
2007: 25
2006: 13
2005: 11
2004: 12
2003: 18
2002: 13
2001: 1820
2000: 15
1999: 11
1998: 17
1997: 14
1996: 13
1995: 11

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Missouri at a rate of 10.021 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Missouri ranked at No. 3721 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Missouri is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Missouri includes the Missouri Revised Statutes and the Constitution of Missouri 194523

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Missouri are regulated by the State of Missouri (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Missouri, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Missouri, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Missouri, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration34 30 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Missouri, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Missouri, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Missouri, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Missouri is 18 years37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Missouri does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Missouri, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Missouri, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Missouri, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Missouri, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Missouri, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Missouri is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Missouri is not obliged (under State Law)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Missouri, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Missouri is reported to be

2015: 5,09146
2014: 5,43747
2013: 5,93448
2012: 6,01549
2011: 5,99050

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Missouri, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Missouri, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Missouri do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Missouri do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Missouri include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Missouri, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Missouri, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Missouri, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Missouri, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Missouri, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Missouri, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (recognises all states)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Missouri, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Missouri, private guns are prohibited in court houses, detention and correctional facilities, local authority meetings (with limited exceptions), riverboat casinos, police stations, polling places, state and federal buildings, bars (not including restaurants), airports, child care facilities, amusement parks, churches, sports arena or stadiums seating 5,000 or more, hospitals, any private business and private places prohibiting firearms,63 vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms),55 universities (with limited exceptions and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Missouri as ‘F’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Missouri on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 466
2010: 467
2009: 468
2008: 469
2007: 470

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Missouri at No. 1471 among 50 US States


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