A Missouri firearm bill of sale is used to document the private transaction between the buyer and the seller of a firearm. In addition to providing a description of the firearm and its registration number, each party will be required to supply their contact information and signature. Once the bill of sale has been signed by both parties, the sale becomes final and the firearm’s ownership will be released from the buyer to the seller. Missouri residents older than nineteen (19) don’t need a permit to purchase or carry a firearm; however, in prohibited jurisdictions (e.g., churches, schools, etc.) a permit to carry a concealed handgun is required. As per § 571.070, it is illegal to carry or own a firearm if the individual is a convicted felon, a fugitive from justice, habitually intoxicated, or mentally incompetent.
Concealed Carry Laws
At the time of this writing, residents of Missouri aren’t required to have a permit to carry a concealed handgun if they are over nineteen (19) years old (for armed forces members the minimum is eighteen (18) years of age). However, persons who are felons or mentally incompetent are not permitted to carry firearms. Residents can still apply for a five (5) year Concealed Carry Permit through their local sheriff’s office; lifetime permits are also available. Obtaining a permit allows residents to legally carry a concealed firearm in participating states.
To obtain a permit, individuals are required to complete a certified gun safety course and fulfill the following criteria before submitting a permit application:
- Be at least nineteen (19) years of age (eighteen (18) for armed forces members)
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
- Be a Missouri resident
- Not convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment
- Not be convicted of a violent crime less than five (5) years
- Not a fugitive of justice
- Never been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces
- Not been judged mentally incompetent
- Not a danger to themself or others