State law pertaining to concealed weapons already requires those wishing to carry a handgun to undergo eight hours of training, a portion of which covers state firearms law, in order to obtain a permit. Under the bill now moving through the General Assembly, the regulations would also apply to those wanting to carry a handgun on state campuses.
The training includes a test in which 20 rounds are fired seven yards away from a silhouette target. At least 15 rounds must hit the silhouette.
The course would be taught by an instructor who is certified by the National Rifle Association, has received a course from a local, state or federal governmental or law enforcement agency, or is a certified police firearms training officer.
Topics must cover basic principles of marksmanship, care and cleaning of concealable firearms, safe storage at home, handgun safety in the classroom, at home, on the firing range and while carrying a firearm, according to the bill.
Missouri law defines a "concealable firearm" as one with a "barrel less than 16 inches in length, measured from the face of the bolt or standing breech." According to MU Police Chief Jack Watring, the weapon could be kept readily accessible in a backpack or purse, for example.
Under Missouri statute, after the applicant receives a certificate of training, a county or city sheriff then issues the permit for a concealed-carry endorsement, which is noted on a driver's license and is valid for three years from the date of issuance or renewal.