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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. 26 November
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
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