MO Senate plan funds sheriffs for gun permits

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - The Missouri Senate has approved a budget plan that would give local sheriffs the responsibility for issuing concealed weapons permits.

A Senate budget bill passed Monday night would allot $2 million to a sheriff's task force to fund grants for the issuance of concealed gun permits.

Sheriffs already receive applications, review the background and issue permits for concealed weapons. But the recipients currently take that paper permit to a local license office overseen by the Department of Revenue to receive a photo identification card noting their concealed carry endorsement.

Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the way the Revenue Department has retained documents about concealed gun permit holders and shared information about them with other agencies.

The state sheriffs' association has said it's willing to take over the task.

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