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Missouri has appallingly weak gun laws and one of the country’s highest gun death rates. Lawmakers owe it to residents to start putting the safety of their communities first. 

Since 2017, the state has allowed people to carry concealed, loaded firearms in public without a background check or permit. In 2020, Missouri had the fourth-highest gun death rate and exported crime guns at the 23rd-highest rate in the country. Missouri could save lives by investing in proven community violence intervention programs, requiring a background check and waiting period to buy firearms, enacting an extreme risk law, and restricting access to firearms by people who commit domestic violence and other violent offenses.

What Missouri Does Well

  • Partial open carry regulations
  • Certain child access prevention laws

What Missouri Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.