A Missouri Firearm Bill of Sale proves that a firearm was bought and sold in Missouri.
Although Missouri law doesn’t require firearm bills of sale, you should use them for transaction record keeping.
Missouri does not have a waiting period for gun sales and is lax on other firearm requirements.
How to Sell a Firearm Privately
Missouri has minimal requirements for selling firearms. Anyone who can legally own a firearm in Missouri can also sell it.
Since Missouri does not require a firearm bill of sale, there are no requirements for filling one out. However, you should get this document and record all the seller, buyer, and firearm details to reduce the likelihood of fraud or ownership mixups.
According to Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 571.070, an individual cannot possess or purchase a firearm in Missouri if they:
- Have been convicted of a felony
- Are a fugitive from justice
- Are currently adjudged mentally incompetent
- Are habitually in a drugged or intoxicated condition
Missouri law does not require you to notify anyone if you inherit a gun from a relative. However, individuals who are prohibited from owning firearms may not receive one in an inheritance.
You can buy a firearm in Missouri without registering it.
Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 571.500 prohibits any federal or state government agency from establishing a firearm registry, database, or record in Missouri.
Concealed Carry Permit
Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 21.750 allows permitless open carry for anyone 19 or older who can legally possess a firearm, except in localities that restrict open carry.
Missouri residents with Concealed Carry Permits (CCPs) can carry openly anywhere in the state unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner in the presence of another person and not in necessary self-defense (Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 571.037).
Missouri also allows permitless concealed carry for Missouri residents 19 and over.
According to the Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 571.030, concealed carry is illegal if a person carries the firearm into a place where concealed carry is restricted by law, such as an occupied school or courthouse.
Some exemptions include having a valid endorsement or permit to carry concealed firearms.
How to Apply
CCPs allow you to open and conceal carry in localities that restrict open carry. They also let you use your firearm in states recognizing Missouri’s CCP.
You must be 19 or 18 if you are part of the military or honorably discharged to apply for a Missouri CCP.
Follow these steps to get started:
Step 1 – Get Trained
Take a certified training firearm class. Your county sheriff will give you a list of certified trainers approved by MO Rev. Stat. § 571.111.
Step 2 – Fill Out Application
Download and complete the permit application form from your county police department’s website.
Step 3 – Apply in Person
Appear in person at your county police department.
Step 4 – Show ID and Proof of Training
Provide valid identification and proof of training from the qualified instructor.
Step 5 – Pay Fees
You must pay the amount specified by your county police department.
Step 6 – Pass Background Check
The county police department will conduct a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. The department will give you your CCP if there is no disqualifying information.
The following states do not recognize Missouri’s CCP:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
Missouri Firearm Bill of Sale Sample
Below is an example of a Missouri firearm bill of sale.