MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - People who wish to get their conceal and carry permit in Missouri have one less step to go through. The entire process now takes place at the sheriff's department. Prior to this change, conceal and carry permit holders had to go to the license bureau to pick up their card. This eliminates that step.
Monica Branam with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department says this change means more work for her, but that doesn't bother her.
"It may be more work, but it's better for the county so it's worth it," Branam said.
Branam says the process will be quicker for the citizens and also means that they won't have to share as much personal information. She says all they will need to bring is their paperwork from their conceal and carry training course and a valid driver's license.
"Used to, you wouldn't get anything, I'd say, 'You're going to wait two to four weeks and we will call you.' Now, we will actually give you a card," Branam said.
The process takes two stops at the sheriff's department. The first visit is for paperwork and fingerprints and the second is for the actual card after the FBI has ran your fingerprints and given the "okay."
Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore says the new process is not only quicker but also safer for the county.
"We know more about the people in the county and most of the things that occur in the county as far as criminals and stuff like that and we've got more discretion on whether or not we issue the permits," Moore said.
Other sheriff's departments in the Heartland agree, including those in Pemiscot and Perry counties. They say the process will be smoother in the end.
The new process involves other changes as well, including a renewal period of five years rather than three.