Gun permit duties transferring to sheriffs

Responsibility for issuing and renewing conceal and carry gun permits will transfer from the Missouri Department of Revenue to local sheriff’s offices Aug. 28.

Gov. Nixon signed the law allowing this to happen earlier this year.

Upon completion of the required background checks, applicants will be issued a permit.

Permits issued after Aug. 28 and thereafter are valid for five years. Any conceal carry permits which have not been renewed after six months will be considered void.

Permits issued before Aug. 28 will still be valid until their expiration date, at which time the holder must renew the permit.

Records regarding conceal carry permit holders are closed records. If someone releases that information, they could face a misdemeanor criminal charge for doing so.

Original application fees for a conceal carry permit cannot exceed $100. Renewal fees cannot exceed $50.

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