Conceal carry permit application process to change Wednesday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In two days, Missourians will notice a new application process for conceal carry permits.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Senate Bill 75, which transfers responsibility for conceal carry permits from the Department of Revenue to local sheriff's departments. The switch is effective Aug. 28.

Starting Wednesday, anyone applying for or renewing a permit will need to submit the fees and paperwork to the Sheriff of the county they live in. The Sheriff will then complete background checks and issue permits.

According to the Missouri Sheriffs' Association, any permit issued on Aug. 28 or after will be valid for five years. Permits issued before Aug. 28 will still be valid until their expiration date when the permit holder will then need to renew it at their county sheriff's office.

Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department says their office will need extra space and upgrades to handle the new process.

In Boone County, gun owners will have to pay an extra $5 for a permit. Workers will also issue temporary paper cards until software is upgraded next year.

For additional information and to read the full bill, click here.

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