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Missouri has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. Missouri has no law requiring background checks on unlicensed gun sales. State law also allows people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or safety training. Missouri has no laws prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing guns.

1,160 In an average year, 1,160 people die by guns in Missouri.
5th Across all states, Missouri has the 5th-highest rate of gun homicides in the country.
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To become a safer state, Missouri can enact a law requiring background checks on all gun sales, repeal its dangerous permitless carry law, enact laws keeping guns away from domestic abusers, and enact an Extreme Risk law.

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