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Know the laws surrounding weapons in Missouri

Whether you live in Missouri or will only be traveling there for a short time, it's important that you understand the state's weapon laws. If you possess a weapon that is legal in your state but not in Missouri, for example, you could still face charges.

To better understand what you can or cannot possess, here are a few facts about Missouri's weapon laws.

1. Switchblades aren't forbidden knives in Missouri

You may have been under the impression that switchblade knives were illegal in Missouri, because they were prior to 2012. However, that law was amended that year and removed switchblade knives from the state's list of prohibited items. Interestingly, there is still a statute that states that possessing, manufacturing, repairing, selling or transporting a switchblade is illegal if it violates federal law.

2. Brass knuckles are forbidden

Like in most other states, brass knuckles are not legal in Missouri. Missouri's laws forbid selling, repairing, possessing, carrying, exhibiting, brandishing, lending or manufacturing this weapon. Brass knuckles are considered to be dangerous and deadly weapons. You may be able to carry them if you have a concealed weapon permit, but that's something to discuss directly with your attorney, since Missouri's laws surrounding weaponry are complex and sometimes confusing.

3. Missouri's gun laws prohibit certain firearms

Missouri's gun laws prohibit many firearms including:

  • Explosive weapons
  • Machine guns
  • Short-barreled shotguns or rifles
  • Exploding projectiles
  • Exploding bullets
  • Gas guns
  • Firearms with silencers

As with most laws, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if you'll be in possession of one of these guns in an official capacity or have it displayed in a museum, the likelihood is that you have not broken the law.

Not everyone has a right to possess guns or deadly weapons in Missouri

There are certain groups of people who are not legally allowed to possess weapons in Missouri. Some include:

  • Those who were dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Those who have a history of habitual intoxication
  • Those who are mentally incompetent
  • Those under 21
  • Missouri residents who have lived in the state fewer than six months
  • Those convicted of dangerous felonies
  • Fugitives
  • Non-U.S. citizens

It can be hard to know if you are or are not allowed to possess a particular weapon. If you ever have a question about the legality of owning a weapon, reach out to an attorney or local authorities to determine if possession is legal.

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