I do not have an order of protection against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of any crime. Can s/he have a gun?
Even if you do not have an order of protection against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of a crime, Missouri state laws make it illegal to have a gun in a few other circumstances. Missouri state law says that a person cannot have or buy a gun if s/he:
- is a fugitive from justice;
- is habitually intoxicated with alcohol or other substances; or
- is declared mentally incompetent by a judge.1
If none of these situations apply, you can still make a plan for your safety. See our Safety Tips page for more information. You can also contact a local domestic violence organization for additional help. You may want to talk to them about whether leaving the area - either long term or for a little while - might help improve your safety. See our MO Advocates and Shelters page to find a local domestic violence organization near you.
For additional information on gun laws in Missouri, you can go to the Giffords Law Center website.
1 Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.070.1