Sheriff's across Missouri are now in charge of concealed carry permitting following the passage of a new state law after the Department of Revenue gave the federal government a list of permit holders in the state.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader says, "Persons making application for a new conceal carry permit or renewal of an existing permit in Stone County should submit the required fees and paperwork to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. Upon completion of the required background checks, successful applicants will be issued a permit by the Stone County Sheriff."
Conceal Carry permits issued August 28th and thereafter will be valid for 5 years. Some counties will increase the fee for the permit which will be good for five years instead of three.
"Any conceal carry permits which have not been renewed after 6 months will be voided. Permits which were issued prior to August 28th, 2013, will still be valid until their expiration date, at which time the holder will need to renew their conceal carry permit with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office," said Rader.
Sheriff Rader says "records regarding conceal carry permit holders are closed records, as such unauthorized release will be a class A misdemeanor after August 28th."
The application fee for a conceal and carry permit is $100. Renewal fees remain unchanged at $50. If your name or address changes, you are required to report that to the sheriff's office and a new permit will be issued at a cost of $10.
"Please be patient as we proceed through this change and added responsibility to the office staff at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office," said Rader.
The sheriff's offices will issue paper permits from August 28th until December 31st. Rader says his office hopes to have a machine in place by January 1, 2014, to issue cards for the permit.