Weapon permits available in Boone

Friday, March 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:54 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Today is the first day in Boone County that applications will be taken for permits to carry a concealed weapon. The Hallsville Police Department will begin processing applications at 9 a.m.

A conceal-and-carry permit will cost $100, made in two separate checks or money orders: $38 to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and $62 to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. No cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Any resident of Boone County can apply with a valid Missouri ID.

“Once the Department of Revenue goes online, around June, you can take the paperwork to them, and the endorsement (to carry a concealed weapon) will be put on an operator’s license or an ID card,” said Maj. O.J. Stone of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “But they need to carry their paperwork any time they’re carrying a concealed weapon until then.”

Police departments in Ashland and Centralia are also gearing up to process concealed gun applications, Stone said.

The sheriff’s department had earlier set a goal of taking applications by May 1.

“Hallsville just happened to be the first city that was online with the program,” Stone said.

In order for a permit to be granted, a person has to take a firearms safety training class, have fingerprints taken and pass a background check. The time it takes to complete the application depends on several variables, with the best-case scenario being at least a couple of weeks for a person with no criminal record, Stone said.

Applications will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Hallsville Police Department is in City Hall at 202 Highway 124. The phone number is 573-696-3885.

In addition to having a set of fingerprints taken, applicants will need:

- A signed certificate of completion of a firearms safety class.

- A valid Missouri ID.

- Checks or money orders; cash and credit cards are not accepted.

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