St. Louis County need not issue concealed gun permits because a state law on the subject is an unfunded mandate, a judge has ruled. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that Judge Thomas J. Brown issued the ruling in Jefferson City, Mo. County Executive Charlie Dooley called the decision “a great victory for our community and the law enforcement in St. Louis County.” Officials said processing each application would cost taxpayers $71 more than the law allows to be charged. “It would put a financial strain on the county Police Department,” said county Police Chief Jerry Lee.
Some Missouri sheriffs have issued permits, but they are not being issued in Missouri’s major population centers, St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County (Kansas City). The state legislature likely will try to fix the funding issue next year.