Missouri law requires that an applicant must demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety training.
This requirement shall be fully satisfied if the applicant for a concealed carry permit:
- Submits a photocopy of a certificate of firearms safety training course completion signed by a qualified firearms safety instructor (see Firearms Safety Training Course, below); or
- Submits a photocopy of a certificate that shows the applicant completed a firearms safety course given by or under the supervision of any state, county, municipal, or federal law enforcement agency; or
- Is a qualified firearms safety instructor as defined in subsection 5 of section 571.111 RSMo; or
- Submits proof that the applicant currently holds any type of valid peace officer license issued under the requirements of chapter 590 RSMo; or
- Submits proof that the applicant is currently allowed to carry firearms in accordance with the certification requirements of section 217.710 RSMo; or
- Submits proof that the applicant is currently certified as any class of corrections officer by the Missouri department of corrections and has passed at least one eight-hour firearms training course, approved by the director of the Missouri department of corrections under the authority granted to him or her, that includes instruction on the justifiable use of force as prescribed in chapter 563 RSMo; or
- Submits a photocopy of a certificate of firearms safety training course completion that was issued on August 27, 2011, or earlier so long as the certificate met the requirements of subsection 2 of section 571.111 RSMo that were in effect on the date it was issued.
Firearms Safety Training Course
A certificate of firearms safety training course completion may be issued to any applicant by any qualified firearms safety instructor. On the certificate of course completion, the qualified firearms safety instructor shall affirm that the individual receiving instruction has taken and passed a firearms safety course of at least eight hours in length taught by the instructor that included:
1. Handgun safety in the classroom, at home, on the firing range and while carrying the firearm;
2. A physical demonstration performed by the applicant that demonstrated his or her ability to safely load and unload either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol and demonstrated his or her marksmanship with either firearm;
3. The basic principles of marksmanship;
4. Care and cleaning of concealable firearms;
5. Safe storage of firearms at home;
6. The requirements of this state for obtaining a concealed carry permit from the sheriff of the individual’s county of residence;
7. The laws relating to firearms as prescribed in chapter 571 RSMo;
8. The laws relating to the justifiable use of force as prescribed in chapter 563 RSMo;
9. A live firing exercise of sufficient duration for each applicant to fire either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol, from a standing position or its equivalent, a minimum of twenty rounds from the handgun at a distance of seven yards from a B-27 silhouette target or an equivalent target;
10. A live fire test administered to the applicant while the instructor was present of twenty rounds from either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol from a standing position or its equivalent at a distance from a B-27 silhouette target, or an equivalent target, of seven yards.
A qualified firearms safety instructor shall not give a grade of passing to an applicant for a concealed carry permit who:
1. Does not follow the orders of the qualified firearms instructor or cognizant range officer; or
2. Handles a firearm in a manner that, in the judgment of the qualified firearm safety instructor, poses a danger to the applicant or to others; or
3. During the live-fire testing portion of the course fails to hit the silhouette portion of the targets with at least fifteen rounds.
See 571.111 RSMo, subsections 1 through 3.