Posted on January 2, 2012
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Missouri prohibits the possession of a firearm by:
- Any person convicted of a felony under Missouri law or a crime under any state’s laws or federal law which, if committed in Missouri, would be classified as a felony;
- A fugitive from justice;
- A person habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition; or
- A person currently adjudged mentally incompetent.1
Missouri law allows a person who is intoxicated to possess a firearm as long as he or she does not handle or use it in a negligent or unlawful manner or discharge the weapon (except when acting in self-defense). Intoxicated persons may also possess a firearm that is: 1) not readily accessible; 2) transported in a nonfunctioning state; or 3) unloaded when ammunition is not readily accessible.2
See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.