Joplin Code of 1917, Art. 67, § 1201. Weapons; Deadly.

If any person shall carry concealed upon or about his person a dangerous or deadly weapon of any kind or description, or shall go into any church or place where people have assembled for religious worship, or into any school room or place where people are assembled for educational, political, literary or social purposes, or to any election precinct on any election day, or into any court room during the sitting of court, or into any other public assemblage of persons met for any lawful purpose other than for militia drill, or meetings called under militia law of this state, having upon or about his person, concealed or exposed, any kind of firearms, bowie knife, spring-back knife, razor, knuckles, bill, sword cane, dirk, dagger, slung shot, or other similar deadly weapons, or shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit any such weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or shall have any such weapons in his possession when intoxicated, or directly or indirectly shall sell or deliver, loan or barter, to any minor any such weapon, without the consent of the parent or guardian of such minor, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Provided, that nothing contained in this section shall apply to legally qualified sheriffs, police officers, and other persons whose bona fide duty is to execute process, civil or criminal, make arrests, or aid in conserving the public peace, nor to persons traveling in a continuous journey peaceably through this state.




Militia, in Henry S. Geyer, Digest of the Laws of Missouri Territory, at 281 (1818).

Each militia man shall provide himself, with-in one month from the date of his enrollment with a good musket, a sufficient bayonet and belt, or a fusil, two spare flints, a knapsack and pouch with a box there-in to contain twentyfour cartridges suited to the bore of his musket or fusil, each cartridge to contain a pro-per quantity of powder and ball: or a good rifle, knap-sack, pouch and powder horn with twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powe-der. Every enrolled person shall appear so armed, ac-toutred and provided when called out to muster or into service; except that it shall not be necessary to appear on the parade with knapsacks when called out for ex-ercise only. The commissioned officers of infantry when on duty for parade, exercise, inspection or service shall wear the uniform of the United States, and be severally armed with a sword or hanger; and the pla-toon officers. in addition to the sword or hanger, shall also be provided with an espontoon. And every officer ‘whose duty requires him to be mounted shall be armed with a sword or hanger and a pair of pistols. Every person so providing himself with arms, ammunition and accoutrements required as aforesaid shall hold the same exempt of suits, distresses, executions or sales for debt or damages or for the payment of taxes.




1929 Mo. Laws 170, Crimes and Punishment, Prohibiting the Sale, Delivery, Transportation, Possession, or Control of Machine Rifles, Machine Guns and Sub-machine Guns, and Providing Penalty for Violation of Law, §§ 1-2.

§ 1. Unlawful to sell, deliver, transport or have in possession any machine gun. – It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, deliver, transport, or have in actual possession or control any machine gun, or assist in, or cause the same to be done. Any person who violates this act shall be guilty of a felony and punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary not less than two (2) nor more than thirty (30) years, or by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Provided, that nothing in this act shall prohibit the sale, delivery, or transportation to police departments or members thereof, sheriffs, city marshals or the military or naval forces of this state or of the United States, or the possession and transportation of such machine guns, for official use by the above named officers and military and naval forces in the discharge of their duties. § 2. The term “machine-gun” defined – The term “machine gun” as used in this act shall be construed to apply to and include all firearms known as machine rifles, machine guns or sub-machine guns capable of discharging automatically and continuously loaded ammunition of any caliber in which the ammunition is fed to such gun from or by means of clips, disks, drums, belts or other separable mechanical device.




1923 Mo. Laws 241-42, An Act to Provide the Exercise of the Police Powers of the State by and through Prohibiting the Manufacture, Possession, Transportation, Sale and Disposition of Intoxicating Liquors. . .§ 17.

Any person, while in charge of, or a passenger thereon, who shall carry on his person, or in, on, or about, any wagon, buggy, automobile, boat, aeroplane, or other conveyance or vehicle whatsoever, in, or upon which any intoxicating liquor, including wine or beer, is carried, conveyed or transported in violation of any provision of the laws of this state, any revolver, gun or other firearm, or explosive, any bowie knife, or other knife having a blade of more than two and one-half inches in length, any sling shot, brass knucks [sic], billy, club or other dangerous weapon, article or thing which could, or might, be used in inflicting bodily injury or death upon another, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by the imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of not less than two years. Provided, that this section shall not apply to any person or persons transporting intoxicating liquor for personal use and not for sale in violation of law. Provided, that this section shall not apply to any person or passenger who did not know that such vehicle or conveyance was being used for unlawful purposes.




1913 Mo. Laws 437, Municipal Corporations: Cities of the Second Class, § 8, pt. 61.

To regulate the use and storage of explosives – To regulate, restrain and prevent the discharge of firearms, fireworks, rockets or other explosive materials and substances in the city and to regulate the keeping, storage and use of powder, dynamite, guns, guncotton, nitroglycerine, fireworks and other explosive materials and substances in the city, or within two miles of the limits thereof.




1909 Mo. Laws 165, Cities, Towns and Villages: Cities of the First Class, § 55, pt. 50 (L).

To direct and prohibit the management of houses for the storing of gunpowder and other combustibles and dangerous materials within the city; to regulate the keeping and conveying the same; and the use of candles and other lights in stables and other like houses.




1907 Mo. Laws 229, An Act to Amend Article 3, Chapter 15, Revised Statutes of Missouri, 1899, Relating to Offenses Against Public and Private Property by Adding Two New Sections, to Be Known as Sections 1890a and 1890b, § 1.

. . . A person who with the intent to commit some crime, breaks and enters any building in the night time, and, for the purpose of committing any crime, uses or attempts to use nitro-glycerine, dynamite, gunpowder, or any other high explosive is guilty of burglary with explosives. § 1890b. Every person who shall be convicted by burglary with explosives, shall be punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than ten, nor more than twenty-five years.




1905 Mo. Laws 161, An Act Relating to the Preservation, Propagation and Protection of Game Animals, Birds and Fish, Creating the Office of Game and Fish Warden, Creating a Game Protection Fund, and Appropriating Money Therefrom, § 11.

Any person who, in the pursuit of any wild duck, goose, brant, or other aquatic bird, upon the waters of this state, shall use any sneak boat, or any sail boat, or boat propelled by steam, naptha, electric or other engine or machinery, or any battery, swivel gun or punt gun, or who shall kill or attempt to kill or to pursue, while occupying or using any such boat, any wild geese, duck, brant, or other aquatic bird, or who shall construct or use for the purpose of hunting, upon the ice any fixed or artificial blind or ambush, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10.00 nor more than $50.00.




Francis M. Wilson, The Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri, 1899. To This Volume are Annexed the Acts of Congress in Relation to the Election of United States Senators, in Relation to Fugitives from Justice, Concerning Naturalization and the Authentication of Public Records; an Appendix Containing the Scheme and Charter of and Laws Specially Applicable to the City of St. Louis and the Acts Establishing the Criminal Court of the Fifteenth Circuit, the Criminal Court of Jackson County, the Criminal Court of Buchana County, the Criminal Court of Greene County, the Louisiana Court of Common Pleas, the Hannibal Court of Common Pleas, the Cape Girardeau Court of Common Pleas and the Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas. Revised and Promulgated by the Fortieth General Assembly Page 1752, Image 645 (Vol. 2, 1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Permit to Keep Explosives, § 7457. No person, corporation or joint-stock company shall, on and after ten days after this article shall take effect, have retain or keep in his possession or under his or her control, nor sell, give away or in any manner or way dispose of dynamite, giant powder, nitro-glycerine or any explosive substance, except gunpowder and blasting powder for ordinary purposes, without first obtaining a permit authorizing the same from the clerk of the county court, or mayor of the city of St. Louis, in whichever county or city such applicant may desire to do such business, nor without first making and delivering the affidavit required by the next succeeding section of this article.]




William K. Amick, The General Ordinances of the City of Saint Joseph (A City of the Second Class) Embracing all Ordinances of General Interest in Force July 15, 1897, together with the Laws of the State of Missouri of a General Nature Applicable to the City of St. Joseph. Compiled and Arranged Page 508, Image 515 (1897) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Concealed Weapons – Carrying of, § 7. Any person who shall in this city wear under his clothes or carry concealed upon or about his person, or be found having upon or about his person concealed, any pistol or revolver, colt, billy, slung shot, cross knuckles or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, dirk, dagger, razor, bowie knife, or any knife resembling a bowie knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.