State and local officials are scrambling to prepare for an onslaught of perhaps 60,000 Missourians applying for concealed gun permits beginning next month.
A new state law allowing the carrying of concealed weapons–passed last week–requires county sheriffs to determine whether applicants are qualified and training is adequate. But no state agency is empowered to ensure that sheriffs are applying the same standards.
No system is in place to ensure that gun instructors are properly certified to provide applicants with required training. Even if instructors are certified, sheriffs are asking how they can determine whether the required subject matter has been covered.
The law creates no standard form to use for the permits. When the first permits are issued next month, state officials fear they will come out in a rainbow of colors and shapes from every sheriff’s department in the state.