Legal Information: Missouri

State Gun Laws

September 25, 2021

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

Missouri state law says that a person cannot have or buy a gun if s/he:

  • has been convicted of a felony in Missouri, or convicted of a crime in another state that would be a felony if it were committed in Missouri; or
  • is a fugitive from justice.1

Note: The gun restriction for people who have committed a felony may not apply to antique firearms, which is defined as a firearm manufactured in or before 1898.2

Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, may restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

1 Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.070.1
2 Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 571.070.3; 571.010(1)

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