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8733 Commercial Blvd
Pevely, MO 63070
(636) 475-4240

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1 Gravois Rd
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 343-9447

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8205 Gravois Rd
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 631-3130

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13220 Timberwood Ln
DeSoto, MO 63020
(636) 586-5839

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Shooting Sports

6595 Mall Dr
Cedar Hill, MO 63016
(636) 285-1107




GOOD NEWS (September 2015): Senate Bill No. 656 Veto Override.  The Missouri legislature passed sweeping reforms that have been greatly exaggerated by the media and leave many people with questions.  These law changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017 except where noted.  Here are the facts as we know them:

COUNTY SHERIFF'S REVOLVING TRUST FUND - Counties that have an excess of revenue from concealed carry permit fees can now utilize the excess funds for other expenses, if they meet certain criteria.

BACKGROUND CHECKS BY THIRD CLASS COUNTY SHERIFFS - Provides an optional procedure for sheriffs of third class counties to provide criminal background checks and fees assessed for the searches must be paid by the applicant.

SELF DEFENSE (or STAND YOUR GROUND) - Provides that deadly force may also be used by a person who occupies private property pursuant to specific authority of the property owner to occupy the property.  Additionally, provides that a person does not have a duty to retreat from any place such person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity has a right to be.

UNLAWFUL USE OF WEAPONS - Provides that a crime is committed if a person carries a concealed knife, firearm, blackjack, or another weapon readily capable of lethal use in an area in which a person with a concealed carry permit is restricted from carrying firearms. The penalty is lowered from a class D felony to a class B misdemeanor.  (If you get caught carrying concealed, with or without a permit, in a place weapons are not allowed, you will be charge with a class B misdemeanor.)

Current law also exempts full time chiefs of fire departments and fire districts from certain otherwise unlawful uses of weapons. This act expands the exemption to apply to full-time fire department and fire district members.

The act of carrying a concealed weapon onto private property whose owner has posted the premises as being off-limits with appropriate signage is declared not to be criminal act. The person may be removed from the premises and fined. This provision has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2017 and provides that certain Class D felonies of unlawful use of weapons will be Class E felonies to align with penalty modifications that will take effect on that date.

Many previous UNLAWFUL USE OF WEAPON categories have been reduced from Felonies to Misdemeanors.  In other words, they have decriminalized carrying concealed - but only in the state of Missouri.  This does not follow you across the state line.  In order to be able to carry concealed outside Missouri you will still need a permit with reciprocity with the state you are entering.  Additionally, all laws concerning use of deadly force still apply and the best way to learn about these laws is through training.

CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT FEES - An applicant for a concealed carry permit may be charged a fee that does not exceed $100. This act specifies that no additional fee may be charged, including any fee for fingerprinting or criminal background checks. The act also allows for an additional fee to be charged for each credit card, debit card, or other electronic transaction equal to the charge paid by the state or applicant for the use of the credit card, debit card, or other electronic payment method by the applicant.

CONCEALED CARRY EXPIRATION FOR MILITARY - This act provides that if a concealed carry permit expires while the permit holder is on active duty in the Armed Forces, active state duty, full-time national guard duty, or active duty with the National Guard, or the permit holder is incapacitated due to an injury incurred while in military service, the permit may be renewed within two months of the permit holder's return to Missouri after discharge from duty or recovery from the incapacitation. Once the two-month period has expired, the provisions governing late renewals apply except the penalties begin to accrue upon the expiration of the two-month period rather than on the permit's expiration date.

This provision contains an emergency clause.  (Goes into effect 10/15/2016)

CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT TRAINING - Allows an alternate method of certification with regard to training requirements for concealed carry applicants.  (Allows applicants to show they have passed a course covering the basic principles of marksmanship, care and cleaning of a concealable firearm and safe storage of firearms at home.  Applicants must still complete the remaining Missouri training requirements with a Missouri certified instructor.)

LIFETIME CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT - This act allows a Missouri resident who meets the requirements for a concealed carry permit specified under the act and pays a $500 fee to receive a concealed carry permit that is valid for the duration of the person's life. This act also allows Missouri residents who meet the requirements for a permit to pay $200 to receive a Missouri extended concealed carry permit that is valid for 10 years or $250 for an extended permit that is valid for 25 years. To renew an extended permit, the permit holder must pay $50. The lifetime and extended permits are only valid throughout the state of Missouri.

The lifetime and extended permits are still subject to the same suspension and revocation provisions that apply to permits that expire every five years. The sheriff must conduct a name-based criminal background check on extended and lifetime permit holders once every five years. The lifetime and extended concealed carry permits must include a statement that the permit is valid only throughout the state of Missouri.

If the holder of a lifetime or extended concealed carry permit becomes a resident of another state, the permit is suspended. It may be reactivated if the permit holder reestablishes Missouri residency, meets the requirements for a concealed carry permit, and passes a name-based criminal background check.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (April 2016): During the most recent check of reciprocity, we found Minnesota and Washington state will no longer recognize Missouri permits due to Missouri reducing our permit age to 19.

Ohio now accepts all permits.

Arizona permits are now welcome in Nevada.

Maine permits are now welcome in Georgia and Ohio.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (April 2015): During the most recent check of reciprocity, we found a very encouraging trend across the US. Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and North Carolina now accept all permits. On the down side, Pennsylvania has become “"your permit must be from your home of record"”, joining Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina. If you currently carry a non-resident permit (such as Arizona, Florida, Maine or Utah), remember your permit is not valid in these seven states.

For those permit holders under the age of 21, be advised your permit will not be recognized in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, New Hampshire, Nebraska or New Mexico.

Washington DC has not formalized their “May Issue” permit system yet, nor have they announced their expected recognition or reciprocity.

On July 1, Kansas will join Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming as a permit-less concealed carry state, strongly supporting responsible gun ownership for protection and sport.

BAD NEWS (October 2014): During a recent check of reciprocity, it appears Missouri has lost reciprocity with Nevada and Virginia. Although we can’t find anything definitive about Virginia’s reasoning, it seems Nevada will only accept permits from states who utilize a central data base, accessible by law enforcement 24/7. Reference the April 2013 post - losing Nevada is a small price to pay!

GOOD NEWS (September 11, 2014): Senate Bill 656, which was vetoed by the Governor, was subsequently enacted during the veto override session and will go into effect in 30 days. The bill contained some major revisions to Missouri firearm laws.
1. A person with a valid concealed carry permit in their possession may carry open, regardless of local ordinances. (Pack-N-Heat does not recommend you ever open carry. Open carry not only scares innocent people, but you lose the element of surprise and leaves you open to the possibility of someone stealing your self-defense weapon. Not to mention the hassles you'll endure when someone calls the police on you. However, if exposing your weapon eliminates a threat…)
2. School districts may designate one or more elementary or secondary school teachers or administrators as a school protection officer. This is a voluntary position held in addition to their normal duties. Volunteers must submit a written request to the superintendent of the school district which employs him or her along with proof of completion of an approved school protection officer training course. Those who wish to carry a concealed weapon must also provide proof of their concealed carry permit status. (There are many, many more rules on this subject. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact us.)
3. No health care professionals licensed in this state, nor anyone under his or her supervision, nor any person or entity that has possession or control of medical records, may disclose information gathered in a doctor/patient relationship about the status of a patient as an owner of a firearm, unless by order of a court of appropriate jurisdiction, in response to a threat to the health or safety of that patient or another person, as part of a referral to a mental health professional, or with the patient’s express consent on a separate document dealing solely with firearm ownership.
4. Possessing a firearm while also knowingly in possession of a controlled substance that is sufficient for a felony violation is now considered the crime of unlawful use of a weapon.
5. The age limit for obtaining a Missouri concealed carry permit has been lowered from 21 to 19.
6. No housing authority, authority, or lessor receiving public funds from a housing authority or authority shall prohibit a lessee or a member of the lessee’s immediate household or guest from personally possessing firearms within an individual residence, common areas, or from carrying or transporting firearms to and from such residence in a manner allowed by law.

GOOD NEWS (September 2014): Senate Joint Resolution 36, which became Amendment 5 on the August 2014 ballot, won with 61% of the votes. The NRA is calling this the “Gold Standard”, providing the strongest state protection for our right to keep and bear arms. It reads:
That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

GOOD NEWS (August 28, 2014): Senate Bill 745 goes into effect. Most changes are administrative in nature and is designed to strengthen the protection of Missouri permit holders private information. The portions you should be aware of are:
1. The sheriff is NOT responsible to notify a permit holder if their permit expires or is suspended.
2. You still must report a change of name/address within 30 days, but the new law allows your permit to remain valid for 180 days. The sheriff may impose a fine of $10 a month for each month you fail to notify them.
3. Under the new law, students only need to demonstrate an ability to safely load, and only requires live firing from, either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol. (Pack-N-Heat will continue to offer the training and use of both weapons to all students.)
4. Under the old law, qualified firearms safety instructors could not have more than 40 students in a classroom. The new law provides that such instructors cannot have more than 40 students per instructor in the classroom. (Pack-N-Heat will continue to restrict our class size to 18 students.)

GOOD NEWS (May 2014): Pack-N-Heat Price Reduction. We have reduced the price of our class to $100 with advance payment/deposit, $110 without. Bring a friend and you'll each receive an additional $10 discount. And we STILL provide EVERYTHING for your class.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (January 2014): Wisconsin now recognizes the Missouri permit. Missouri permits are now recognized in 39 states.

St. Louis County now charges $90 for the initial permit and $40 for a renewal. Their website also lists costs for change of address, replacement for lost permit, name change and late renewal.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (08/23/2013): Beginning 8/28/2013 Missouri Sheriff's MAY begin issuing the Missouri permits and MUST issue permits by 1/1/2014. You must obtain your Missouri permit through your Sheriff, so check with their office to determine when they will be available.

While performing a regular review of reciprocity, we found that Nevada is no longer accepting the Arizona permit and Pennsylvania and Washington state are no longer recognizing non-resident Florida permits.

For those who are still carrying a Utah permit, I've included a current coverage map. Remember, under Utah's updated law, you must possess a home state permit in order to renew your Utah permit.


VERY GOOD NEWS (07/25/13): We have been waiting to make sure we were reading the new Illinois law correctly and finally got confirmation from the Illinois State Police web site. The law is quoted below, but basically if you ARE NOT an Illinois resident AND have a legal concealed carry permit, you can carry concealed IN YOUR VEHICLE in Illinois. If you leave the vehicle you must unload the weapon and store it as stated below.

We are still waiting for Illinois State Police to release a decision as to whether they will accept your Missouri training as part of the Illinois training requirement, along with a whole host of other training questions.

(e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
(1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law;
(2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence; and
(3) is not in possession of a license under this Act.
If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act.
subsection (b) of Section 65 excerpt
may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk, provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle. For purposes of this subsection, "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (07/11/2013): Illinois has finally passed a concealed carry law. We are in the process of reviewing the 186 page law so we can provide you with the inforamtion you need. A couple of quick pieces of information - 1) Illinois WILL NOT honor any permit but their own, 2) A Missouri resident can apply for an Illinois non-resident permit after meeting their numerous requirements and paying $300 for a five-year permit and 3) It could be as long as nine months before the first Illinois permit is issued.

On the Missouri side of the river - starting August 28, 2013 (but not being funded until January 2014), the Missouri permit will no longer be issued by the Department of Revenue (Driver's License Office). It will become the job of the Sheriff in your county to not only approve your permti application, but to issue the actual permit. Additionally, permits and renewals issued by the Sheriff's will now be good for 5-years. Current permits retain their stated expiration dates. Hopefully, this solves the problem of personal information being released without your knowledge. The difference between the effective date and the funding date may cause implementation to be delayed until the January funding.

VERY BAD NEWS (April 2013): Numerous allegations/concerns are being raised in Missouri over the security of personal information provided to the Department of Revenue and more specifically, the release of 163,000 names of Missouri Concealed Carry permit holders.  Until the investigations are completed and adequate fixes implemented, we DO NOT recommend you obtain or renew a Missouri permit.  We suggest you apply for one of the by mail, out-of-state permits (Arizona or Florida).

GOOD NEWS (April 2013): The long awaited update to Duaine's book "HANDGUNS: Cold Hard Facts & Fanny Packs" has finally been published. "2 Possess & Bear Arms" is available now.
2 Possess & Bear Arms

GOOD NEWS (12/11/2012): We normally reserve this area for things that have already gone into law, but we're making an exception for this news. The 7th US Court of Appeals has struck down Illinois' ban on concealed carry! The court has given state lawmakers 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry. Stay tuned for further updates.

GOOD NEWS (07/10/2012): Three new laws were signed into effect.

HB1647 Lowers the Right-to-Carry age requirement from 21 to 18 years old for active duty military (who are residents of or stationed in Missouri), removes penalties for an accidental exposure of a firearm by a concealed carry endorsement holder and establishes a process for restoration of firearm rights for those currently prohibited. Aug 28, 2012
HB489 Protects all Missouri Right-to-Carry endorsements by honoring all live-fire training exercises completed as part of a concealed carry course prior to the requirement changes made last year. (Fixes the problems caused by HB294.) Immediately
HB480 Established a special National Rifle Association license plate. Purchase of Missouri NRA license plates will help fund important pro-Second Amendment activities in the Show-Me State. Aug 28, 2012

GOOD NEWS (06/07/2012): Arizona has changed the wording of their law, now making them a very viable option for Missouri and Illinois residents. The Arizona permit is an economical, by-mail permit destined to fill the void left by the loss of the Utah permit option.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (06/07/2012):
While performing a periodic review of state reciprocity, here are the updates - Winsonsin has chosen notto honor the Missouri permit, Florida permits are now good in Kansas, Maine permits are no longer valid in Nevada, and Utah permits are now good in Washington state and Wisconsin. 

(09/01/2011): Wisconsin becomes a concealed carry state leaving Illinois and Washington DC as the only hold outs. We will let you know your reciprocity status as soon as Wisconsin publishes the information.

GOOD NEWS-N-BAD NEWS (08/28/2011): HB294 goes into affect as law. Some of the changes included are the lowering of the age to be eligible for a Missouri permit from 23 to 21 and doubling the qualification firing requirements. Although these both sound like "good news", we are yet to know how each sheriff is going to handle applicants who qualified for, but did not apply for, a Missouri permit prior to to 8/28/11. If this applies to you and you encounter a problem, please contact us to obtain the additional qualification firing and documentation.

BAD NEWS (05/10/2011): The Utah Governor signed a bill into law requiring non-residents who reside in a state with reciprosity (Missouri does) to possess a home state permit prior to applying for a Utah permit. This applies to all new applications and, begining January 1st, 2012, to renewals.

This law is for applications for permits and renewals only! It does not affect the Utah permit if you have one your pocket now until the expiration date shown on the permit. At that time, you'll need to apply for a home state permit or another out-of-state permit. (This legislation does not affect Illinois or Wisconsin residents.) Carrying a UT permit in addition to a MO permit would not result in any additional coverage, so I don't recommend applying for both.

If your current Utah permit will expire between January 1st and March 31st, 2012, you may want to renew your Utah permit early in order to obtain a five year permit for $15.00. Utah will allow renewals up to three months early. Otherwise, start researching available permits approximately three to four months before your Utah permit is due to expire and apply at least two to three months before.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for your Missouri permit.

Non-Resident permits currently available to you by mail include:




GOOD NEWS (01/01/2011): Iowa now recognizes ALL permits.

GOOD NEWS (11/01/2010): Arizona now recognizes ALL permits.

GOOD NEWS (11/01/2010):
West Virginia now recognizes non-resident permits issued by reciprocity states.

(03/05/2010): Wyoming now honors concealed firearm permits issued by multiple states, including Florida, Maine, Missouri and Utah.

 (03/01/2009): Wyoming can only honor concealed firearm permits issued by the following states: Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma, Maryland, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Utah.

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