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Is it illegal to lend a firearm in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Missouri has strict laws regarding firearms to minimize gun violence. Still, specific people can lawfully carry and own guns, depending on their qualifications, occupation and background.

Sometimes, you might want to lend a firearm to another person for self-defense and protection. However, you might have trouble navigating the situation because the law has strict provisions when lending or providing a gun to another person.

The action is usually legal if the receiving person can have it lawfully. If they fall under the category of people prohibited from possessing a weapon, you could face penalties if you permit them to borrow your gun.

According to the law, lending a gun to the following people is illegal:

  • Convicts and fugitives of felony crimes
  • Intoxicated people
  • Minors, unless lawful, depending on the guardian’s consent under state law provisions
  • Mentally incompetent people

Doing so is considered recklessness, resulting in severe sanctions. Additionally, these restrictions do not apply to antique firearms redesigned for decorative purposes only.

When do I lose the right to possess a gun?

Additionally, the government imposes other strict regulations that could apply to you and the person borrowing your gun. These provisions revoke your right to carry or own a weapon if:

  • You have a felony conviction.
  • You have drug-related offenses on your criminal record.
  • You are in America as an undocumented immigrant.
  • You had a dishonorable discharge from the military.

Not everyone can carry a gun legally for various reasons. Fortunately, you could avoid trouble by following the local gun laws and refusing to lend your firearm to the wrong people.