I turned 21 for a year now and i am thinking about getting a hand gun for personal protection. i live in missouri, incase state laws are different. anyways i am kinda confused on what u need to legally own a handgun and be able to conseal it to protect me when i go out to places. i know i don't need anything to buy a rifle. i have been told i can buy a handgun i just need to register, but i will need a license to conseal it. i have been told i need a FFL but i did some reading and it talked about being a gun dealer is this the same thing as being a gun owner (not selling)? if anyone could give me a few pointers or what classes i need to take i would appreciate it.