According to Missouri gun law, any person who is at least 19 years-of-age and not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm can transport a concealable firearm in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. No concealed carry permit is required.
If you drive in Missouri with a gun in your car, you need to know how to deal with law enforcement should you ever get stopped for a traffic violation—for your safety and that of the officer.
When you get pulled over, it is important to realize that the officer approaching your window does not know who you are or what evil intentions you may have. He or she is going to be extremely cautious and observant of your every move.
In Missouri, concealed carry gun owners are not required to voluntarily tell a police officer that they have a gun. But most police officers have said sharing that information with them at the start of a traffic stop is a courtesy they would like concealed carry owners to extend.
“It is not required by law to let an officer know that you have a concealed carry or that you are actually armed,” said U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Deborah Alessi. “It is a courtesy thing, letting them know that you do have a firearm on you or in your vehicle and letting them know where it is as well.”
“However,” Alessi went on to add, “under Section 521.0121 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, if you have a concealed carry licensed and are carrying a gun at that time, you are required to display your license to an officer upon demand.”
“So remember,” Alessi warns, “These roadside encounters – sometimes at night, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings – combine all sorts of unknowns. Add to these assumptions, fears, and more people carrying firearms, there is the chance for miscommunication and worse.”