Missouri Open Carry

Open Carry is legal in Missouri but local authorities cann have laws or ordinances regulating open carry. In Missouri the state preempts all firearm laws in the state except for open carry. [Source]

Section 21-750.2

No county, city, town, village, municipality, or other political subdivision of this state shall adopt any order, ordinance or regulation concerning in any way the sale, purchase, purchase delay, transfer, ownership, use, keeping, possession, bearing, transportation, licensing, permit, registration, taxation other than sales and compensating use taxes or other controls on firearms, components, ammunition, and supplies except as provided in subsection 3 of this section.

You may open carry or carry concealed in a vehicle without an Missouri Concealed Weapon Permit if you are at least 21 years of age or 18 years of age while driving..

The restricted places listed for carrying concealed apply to open carries as well.

For concealed carry information, visit our Missouri Concealed Carry page.


11/4/2013 – Format updated along with all information.

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  • Murica

    fuck yeah



      • Bob

        Yes little sheep follow all the people to the showers. What? They lied. These are not showers. Gasp. I am from the Government and here to take care of you.

        • Mike Magarian

          to think you guys have guns makes me more satisfied to have my CCW and carry 24/7

  • Jolie Johnson

    This is good with Ferguson being so full of ghetto scum.

    • Hong Kong

      So we can carry without conceal carry but can’t hide guns to take in stores unless we have a conceal carry license. Is that right.

      • Hong Kong

        I want to have my gun with me outside of car but don’t have conceal carry license. Is this fine, if it’s not what is punishment. Obviously I’m not carrying into stores without conceal carry

        • jimbo

          You can open carry without a permit.
          You have to watch or because some places still have ordinances against open carry. To get around this get a concealed carry permit, with that you can open carry anywhere that isn’t restricted by law (courthouses, schools churches etc.)

        • Elise Blaske

          Careful about carrying open OR concealed in a store or other place of business because by law, they are allowed to forbid the carry of any lethal force weapon, open or concealed. If you carry conceal into a business, you risk getting kicked out if they guess right and you refuse to leave when asked and then they call the cops and your legal troubles start when the responding officer searches you…

      • Elise Blaske

        Almost right. In your vehicle it is allowed to conceal or open carry ( under the ‘peaceable journey’ doctrine), but once you step out of your vehicle, you can no longer conceal your weapon if you don’t have a valid up to date CCW permit.

        If a store or other place of business forbids open or concealed carry, they are allowed to ask you to leave their business immediately. If you hesitate, argue or ignore their request, they can call the police and then you get a $100 fine the first time. $200 and 1 year loss of permit the second time within 6 months of the first instance, and then $500 fine and 3 year loss of permit in a year since your first instance…Open carry has the same rules about where you can and can’t carry as CCW rules.

        Be smart about keeping your privilege to carry open or concealed. Someday you may actually need to defend yourself or help a peace officer with your firearm.

        The Sheriff that grants your CCW permit has huge discretionary power about restoring your CCW permit after you lost it because you act like Wyatt Earp too many times in a year. If the Sheriff votes Democrat and despises citizen’s rights to bear arms, you may have to get your next permit from another state

        ( a loop-hole around an asinine liberal sheriff.)

    • Aaron

      Agreed 12 years in convenient store and never a weapon drawn. 5 days in Ferguson and was a victim of armed robbery in broad daylight.

  • terrell davenport

    So do I need a permit to open carry my weapon yes or no in the state of Missouri

    • Richy Pope

      It depends which city you are carrying in. For example in St. Charles a person can open carry. But take a trip down highway 40 into Chesterfield and you can’t open carry. There are more open carry cities in Missouri than non-open carry cities. But also remember, businesses and schools etc…can forbid you to carry in their establishment so make sure you check for posted signs letting you know what you can and cannot do.

      • Donnie Greenwalt

        So can I open carry without a Ccw in stl county?

  • Leonard Scimemi Jr

    Is lawful to open carrying a firearm in m,o if you have a concealed permit ?

  • Nick Paden

    Anyone know open carry local ordinances in Kansas City MO? Jackson county

  • alex

    may sound stupid but just asking cuz it says there is no age limit to open carry in hazelwood, mo. so I was wondering if me, a 17 year old white male, can open carry a 6 shot .44 magnum it is really old so I figured it would be considered an antique.

    • Rabid B

      You need to be 21+ to legally obtain/posess a firearm in the state of Missouri.

      You can open carry a long gun though.