Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Missouri

Posted on January 30, 2015

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.

  1. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.070. This does not apply to the possession of an “antique firearm.” []
  2. Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 571.030.1(5), 571.030.3, 571.030.5. []