Franklin County May Process Concealed Carry Permits

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would become responsible for printing concealed weapons permits instead of the state Revenue Department under legislation sent to the governor Thursday. Major Copeland with the sheriff’s department already has the responsibility of receiving concealed-carry applications, reviewing applicants' backgrounds and issuing paper permits. But under current law, recipients take the paper permits to a local licensing office overseen by the Department of Revenue to receive a photo ID card noting their concealed-carry status. Lawmakers gave a sheriffs' taskforce $2 million in next year's operating budget to help them begin the process of printing the permits. The Missouri Sheriffs' Association said it would take over the responsibility of printing the licenses as long as it had state funding. The Senate voted 24-5 Thursday to send the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon. It cleared the House late Wednesday night.