*** 2016 Changes to CCW created by Senate Bill 656 ***
Changes are effective either October 14, 2016 or January 1, 2017
The Unlawful Use of a Weapon statute (571.030) was amended which effectively de-criminalized carrying a concealed firearm without a permit. This amendment became effective January 1, 2017. The new language now only states that it is unlawful to carry a firearm (open or concealed) in the areas listed under 571.107 (whether one has a ccw permit or not). A person must still be lawfully able to own and/or possess a firearm in order to carry it. For the listing of prohibited areas to carry, here is a link to 571.107 .Extended and Lifetime CCW Permits
A number of sections were added which create Extended and Lifetime ccw permits. What is especially important for everyone to understand, is that Extended and Lifetime permits (10 years for $200, 25 years for $250, lifetime for $500) are ONLY VALID INSIDE THE STATE OF MISSOURI. There is NO RECIPROCITY with other states on the Extended/Lifetime permits. The ONLY permit that maintains reciprocity is the 5 year renewable permit. So, someone with an Extended or Lifetime Missouri ccw permit who travels outside of Missouri, it is as if they have no ccw permit at all, and are subject to the laws and penalties of those states if they are not compliant with their laws. Although this portion of SB 656 was effective October 14, 2016, the templates for the extended permits have not yet been created or released for issuance. The application process remains the same for each type of permit.Training
There has been a modification to training. Now, a person can take an online NRA firearms safety course of at least 1 hour in length taught by an NRA instructor, that covers the principles of marksmanship, care and cleaning, and safe storage at home (items 3, 4 and 5 in 571.111); present their certificate of successful completion of that online course to another qualified ccw instructor who then completes their training of the remaining required topics in 571.111 (items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10). Under this change, there is NO requirement as to how long that remaining training has to take. Remember, the online certificate is presented to the qualified instructor that's going to finish their training, not to the Sheriff's Office when they apply for a permit. The only certificate needed at time of application is the one issued by the instructor finishing the training. It is up to the instructors to confirm the online training certificate is real. Otherwise, a person who does not take the online course, must successfully complete the 8 hour class as is currently required. This provision became effective October 14, 2016.Use of Force RSMO 563.031 (Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground)
Some new language was added which clarifies that guests of a property may use force in circumstances described in the statute, and also adds language that a person does not have a duty to retreat from, "…any other location such person has the right to be." This provision became effective October 14, 2016.CCW Application Fees
Language solidifies that Sheriff's Offices cannot charge more than $100 total for the costs of processing new 5 year ccw applications, which includes the fees for the MSHP and FBI portions of the criminal history and fingerprint checks. However, additional fees charged by credit/debit cards and other electronic transactions are allowable. This provision became effective October 14, 2016.
All of the processes and requirements regarding changing of address, change of name, lost permits, expirations, renewal, etc…all remain unchanged with the exception to members of the military. If military members are deployed or on active duty at the time their permit expires and they are unable to renew within time limitations, or they are injured during their military service, they will not be charged late fees for the time they were unable to renew, or for two months following their return home. Late fees will begin to accrue after that two month period that they've been back. This provision became effective October 14, 2016.
This bill does NOT change anything with regard to the process to purchase a firearm from a firearms dealer. A prospective buyer must still undergo and pass the NICS check before the sale can go through. Private sale of firearms has not been affected either.
For additional information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.
Online applications are accepted 24 hours a day 7 days a week but CCW staff are only available for CCW pickup or payment Monday through Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed state & federal holidays).
Before you begin, please read the Missouri Statute 571 Weapons Offenses Sections 571.101 - 571.121 .
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