What Are Missouri's Concealed Carry Requirements?


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A county sheriff in Missouri issues a concealed carry permit if the applicant is at least 19 years old and a permanent resident of the United States, has not been convicted of a crime punishable by a sentence exceeding one year, and has not engaged in behavior that poses danger to himself or others, states the Missouri General Assembly. Permits cannot be issued to applicants with a history of mental incompetence or those dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Carry permit applicants in Missouri must have residency in the state or be members or spouses of members of an Armed Forces station in the state, states the Missouri General Assembly. Applicants must not have pleaded guilty to a charge punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, unless the charge is a misdemeanor. The applicant must not be a fugitive from justice or have a record of admission in a mental facility. Applications must contain personal details of the applicants and affirmations that the applicants have met the set requirements.

Applicants must complete a firearms safety course that includes safety techniques in various settings, safe loading and unloading and safe storage at home, explains the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A qualified firearms safety instructor must give the sheriff course records of the applicants before the sheriff can issue permits.

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