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Big changes coming to Concealed Carry Permits in Missouri


Sheriff's offices in Missouri will now handle all concealed carry permit applications.  State lawmakers stripped the department of revenue of that authority after finding out it was sharing the private information of 100,000 gun owners with the federal government.  

Starting August 28th, Marion County residents will now have to come here instead of their local driver's license facility to get a concealed carry permit.  Law enforcement and conceal carry trainers say this is a way to restore trust in the application process.

Max Capp teaches classes for people wanting to get a concealed carry permit.  He said past experiences have dramatically reduced the faith he has in the state. 
"Missourians lost a lot of trust with our Missouri government with the department of motor vehicle when all the names were released. And I think with it going to the Sheriff's office it's going to be a lot more trustworthy," Capp said. 

That may be the reason more people are now applying for permits, applications have skyrocketed at the Marion County sheriff's office. 

"Approximately a year or so ago, we were averaging approximately 12 to 15 CCW's a month, now we're averaging close to 50 or 60 a month," Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said.  

Now that sheriff's offices have more work to do in processing concealed carry permits, Sheriff Shinn says he may have to hire more people.

"If status quo stays the same as it is, I am going to request an additional person to help me handle the influx of the people that come in and the paperwork that goes on with it," Shinn said.  
Capp believes processing permits on the local level is the best way to protect the identity of permit holders in Missouri.  

"It's time for a new entity to come in and regain our Missourians trust that they're being confidential, which is a state law," Capp said. 

Shinn says you don't have to wait until August 28th to get an appointment to get fingerprinted and a background check, but he urges people to wait because right now, permits are good for only 3 years.  After the 28th, they're good for 5 years. 
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