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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Missouri.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 4 December

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Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Missouri

Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Missouri prohibits the possession of a firearm by:

- Any person convicted of a felony under Missouri law or a crime under any state's laws or federal law which, if committed in Missouri, would be classified as a felony;
- A fugitive from justice;
- A person habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition; or
- A person currently adjudged mentally incompetent.

Missouri law allows a person who is intoxicated to possess a firearm as long as he or she does not handle or use it in a negligent or unlawful manner or discharge the weapon (except when acting in self-defense). Intoxicated persons may also possess a firearm that is:

1) not readily accessible;
2) transported in a nonfunctioning state; or
3) unloaded when ammunition is not readily accessible

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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