Reepin_Ruether wrote:Theoretically, under the Missouri state constitution and state law, you can legally O.C. without restrictions. But.... The state law also allows individual towns, counties, villages, etc. to enact their own laws with regard to open carrying of weapons. As a result, you may be legal carrying openly in one jurisdiction but stop across the street or cross an invisible boundary and you can be breaking the law.Hey guys,
I'm 18 and live in Washington, MO. From what I've read so far is that you don't need a permit to OC in Missouri and I can OC in the proper places and not get into any trouble. Is that correct?
Also I'm a little confused on the "Travel" status one can be and have a concealed weapon in the drivers vehicle. Can you shed some light?
The State legislature has preempted regulation of concealed carry, however. And RSMo. 571.030.4 does allow anyone 21 or over who can otherwise legally possess a gun to carry a concealable (not a rifle or shotgun) anywhere in the passenger compartment of a vehicle without a permit. That includes on their person so long as they they are in the vehicle. If it's concealed in the vehicle, then state law takes precedence over local law(s). If it's carried openly in the vehicle, then you might run afoul of some local village ordinance against openly carrying a firearm.
There is no central repository to go to in order to find out what towns have ordinances against open carry. You have to research the ordinances of each and every town or village where you might want to carry to see if they have such a ban. This was one of the (successful) arguments used to get the legislature to enact a CCW permit law in 2003.