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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sherriffs to begin issuing concealed carry permits

  • Since Gov. Jay Nixon's signing of Senate Bill 75 last week, county sheriff's offices will be responsible for issuing ID cards for concealed carry weapons permits effective Aug. 28.
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  • Since Gov. Jay Nixon's signing of Senate Bill 75 last week, county sheriff's offices will be responsible for issuing ID cards for concealed carry weapons permits effective Aug. 28.
    Now issued by driver's license clerks, the new law will eliminate an extra step in the process of obtaining the permit, but a lot of details are still up in the air, said Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe.
    "I'm not opposed to it," the sheriff said. "We're already a big part of the process. I don't have a problem at all as long as (the state) mandates some kind of funding for it – because it's just going to add more work for our civilian employees."
    Lisenbe said this will be a topic later this month at the Missouri Sheriff's Association's 2013 Summer Training Conference in Springfield. After that, he will have a better idea as to how his office and others statewide will handle the transition.
    "The association is trying to figure everything out," Lisenbe said. We will definitely need new equipment, like a printer for the ID cards."
    Currently, the process requires the applicant to take a concealed carry permit class. Upon completion of the class, the applicant takes the completed form to the sheriff's office with a $100 fee, which includes a full background check conducted in Jefferson City.
    If approved, the applicant takes the approved application to the Department of Revenue (driver's license station) to have the endorsement placed on the applicant's driver's license or state ID card.
    With the new law, the sheriff will issue the card upon approval.
    "The good thing is I get to see a lot of the people who come in and apply for it," Lisenbe said. "Other than just running you through a computer, I get to look through the computer and see if we've been called to your house. There are things we can do that they don't get to do with a regular criminal history check.
    "A lot of these people I know already. And who better to do this than your local sheriff?" Lisenbe said.
    According to Nixon's press secretary Scott Holste, the change "was prompted by concerns that the licensing agency's procedures had infringed on people's privacy rights."
    According to the bill, "concealed carry permits will be valid for five years from the date of issuance or renewal. A concealed carry endorsement issued prior to Aug. 28, 2013, must continue for a period of three years from the date of issuance or renewal, as described in the act" (Bill 75 [Section 571.101]).
    To see a full copy of the bill, visit http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=16968488
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