Missouri legislation proposes concealed carry lifetime permit - KMOV.com

Proposed Missouri legislation would allow lifetime conceal and carry permits

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Major gun legislation that would allow owners to apply for a concealed carry permit to last a lifetime is being proposed by Missouri State Senator Dave Schatz.

The senator says he wants to avoid the cost and hassle of having to renew a concealed carry permit every five years.

Right now a background check is done every time a permit is renewed, but those wouldn’t happen with a lifetime permit.

Schatz says that shouldn't be a concern though because the system catches those who commit crimes and should have their permits revoked, but News 4 found that it isn't always full proof.

Concealed carry permits can cost up to $100. The proposed new law would eliminate the $40 renewal fee every five years by allowing gun owners to choose a lifetime permit.

"What we're trying to accomplish is that law abiding citizens who have not done anything wrong at all would have the opportunity to not have to go back every five years,” Schatz said in a Skype interview.

The idea's getting good feedback.

"To keep it from going, to have to do it every five years, lifetime for $500, deal,” Daniel Love, a gun owner, said. “I'd take that deal."

Stephen Marx of the Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance testified in favor of the bill  in Jefferson City but points out, if passed, the lifetime permits wouldn't work in other states.

"If you travel outside the state of Missouri, you still must maintain a traditional concealed carry endorsement with the state of Missouri that has reciprocity with other states," Marx said.

One of the chief concerns about the bill is the elimination of new background checks each time a permit's renewed.

"I mean I'd rather do the ‘every five years’ rather than ‘lifetime’ because who knows what may happen throughout the lifetime," Woodrow Harris, a gun owner, said.

But Schatz says the current law already catches those convicted of crimes, separate from the background checks at renewal time.

"If you commit a crime and you're a conceal and carry holder that permit is no longer valid anyway, so regardless of whether we went back and renewed it that thing would be revoked and rejected," Schatz said.

When a person is charged with a felony they're supposed to give up their permit till their found not guilty or have it permanently revoked if convicted.

But News 4 talked with a sheriff, a prosecutor's office, a circuit court clerk and a law enforcement association expert on concealed carry and all said the process for doing that is vague and some people slip through the cracks.

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