Legal Information: Missouri

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
September 25, 2021

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

Maybe.  If you have an order of protection against the abuser, or if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor, then federal law states that it is illegal for the abuser to buy, own or have a gun in his/her possession.1  If you are not sure if the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?  To read the definition of a felony, see What is the definition of a felony?

Note: There are certain requirements that your order of protection must meet for it to qualify under federal law. See I have an order of protection against the abuser. Can s/he keep a gun or buy a new gun? for more information.

1 18 USC Sec. 922(g)(8),(9)

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