Oh, it is the same government that pushes for all transactions to go through NICS; it is the same government that won't let me buy a handgun directly in Kansas, though the nearest KS gun shop is about as close as the nearest MO gun shop to where I live; it is the same government that has the NFA.
Missouri is actually pretty user friendly, as state governments go. Training requirement isn't bad, as training requirements go. Prohibited areas are few.
Could it be better here? Sure, but it could easily be much, much, worse.
But the Feds are my bigger concern.
I can choose not to live in other states, and to minimize my travels to and through states with laws I don't like. I can't really avoid the Feds, when they over-reach.
I did write my senators and congressman, though, with regard to the latest gun control circus.