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May 16, 2013

Missouri legislation would let sheriffs print gun permits

Missouri lawmakers want county sheriffs rather than the state Revenue Department to print concealed weapons permits. The Senate passed legislation 24-5 on Thursday handing the task to sheriffs. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri lawmakers want county sheriffs rather than the state Revenue Department to print concealed weapons permits.

The Senate passed legislation 24-5 on Thursday handing the task to sheriffs. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri's sheriffs already make sure that applicants meet all the criteria for carrying a concealed firearm. But the Revenue Department is responsible for printing concealed-carry endorsements on people's drivers' or non-drivers' ID card.

Republican lawmakers pushed for the legislation after learning the Revenue Department compiled a list of Missouri gun permit holders to share with a federal agent in the Social Security Administration.

The legislation would also require school personnel to undergo training on responding to an active shooter in school buildings.

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