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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sheriffs seeking grant for permit transition

  • Sheriff's offices statewide will begin issuing concealed carry permits on Aug. 28.
    After Gov. Jay Nixon's recent signing of Senate Bill 75, the new law now transfers responsibility of issuance from the Department of Revenue (driver's license stations) to the county sheriffs.
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  • Sheriff's offices statewide will begin issuing concealed carry permits on Aug. 28.
    After Gov. Jay Nixon's recent signing of Senate Bill 75, the new law now transfers responsibility of issuance from the Department of Revenue (driver's license stations) to the county sheriffs.
    While most sheriffs agree this is a sensible action, funding for the transition is the rub.
    At a recent conference of the Missouri Sheriffs Association, a board was appointed to address this issue, and the answer thus far lies in a grant to help purchase the equipment needed primarily to print the permits.
    "Nobody had any issues with it at all," said Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe, who is not part of the board but was briefed on its progress. "We're doing the biggest part of it anyway, so why not just do this part, too?"
    Lisenbe said a big question was whether or not the sheriffs would have a "grace period" between Aug. 28 and Jan. 1, 2014, to prepare for the transition.
    Scott Holste with Gov. Nixon's office says no.
    "The Department of Revenue will not be authorized to issue these permits after Aug. 28," Holste said. "It will be solely with the sheriff's departments."
    Lisenbe said the grant money will benefit sheriffs statewide to provide uniformity, as some counties lack the resources that others have.
    "Right now we want to allow all 114 sheriffs to have the same type of equipment and for everyone to do it the same way," the sheriff said. "That way, it's a no-brainer and we can do it all together."
    Currently, the process of obtaining a permit 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 their driver's license or state ID card.
    With the new law, the sheriff will issue the card upon approval.

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