Missouri Lowers Carry Permit Age to 21

Missouri Lowers Carry Permit Age to 21
Missouri Lowers Carry Permit Age to 21

Younger Missouri residents will be allowed to get a permit for a concealed gun in Missouri under legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Jay Nixon, but he rejected other bills dealing with elections.

In all, Nixon signed 22 bills into law and vetoed seven.

Among the highest-profile bills signed into law was the concealed gun measure.

It sets the state’s minimum age for getting a concealed gun permit at 21, eliminating the previous age limit of 23 set by the General Assembly in 2003 when lawmakers overrode the veto of then-Gov. Bob Holden and enacted the concealed-carry law.

Most states allow residents to carry a concealed gun, and Missouri’s age requirement had been the highest in the nation, according to the National Rifle Association. Many states also have an age limit of 21, though others allow permits to be issued to people as young as 18, and a few allow concealed guns to be carried without a permit.

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well i am glade they lowered the age req. just hope the next person wont change it back. in florida the age is 21.


I was 19 when I got my first concealed carry permit back in 1975.  Of course, I was in the Army at the time and that may have had something to do with it!

Me not You

The age should be 18. If you’re old enough to vote, die for your country, be emancipated and live on your own, you should be able to exercise your fundamental right to self defense just as any other right when you’re of age.

I'm me who are you

Kentucky’s age is also 21. But I’m actually glad that’s the minimum age- I’m not really not comfortable
with the idead of some 18, 19, or 20 year old kid running around with the lgal right to carry a loaded gun! At least at 21, MOST people have gained some maturity and are more likely to recognize their  responsibilities when carrying. 


3 cheers for Missouri.


Although the lowering of the CCW age is a good thing, what is not listed is the increase in the range training and test requirements. It will now take twice the amount of ammo to complete a concealed carry course in Missouri. A student must now shoot 50 practice rounds with each a revolver and semi-auto pistol and also test with 20 rounds each with both guns. If this was not bad enough (and a step backwards for CCW in Missouri) this change also means that anyone who took the course prior to the new law going into effect and who had not made their application prior to the change will now have to go back to their original instructor and shoot the qualification all over again.

Unintended consequences suck…. 🙁

Skip Tort.

Isn’t it ironic,,, a kid 18 could fire a 50 cal. at some one in Afghn. but has to be 21 to carry,, maybe a pocket  380. Are there stats. on why 21 vs. 18. I think at 18 I was already, but not everyone grows up in the same enviornment. Still like to see the logic,,,Spock….