Sheriff opens new gun permit office

Sunday, April 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:22 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Beginning Monday, Boone County residents will be able to apply for conceal-and-carry permits in Ashland.

Maj. O.J. Stone of the Boone County Sheriff's Department said the application process at the Ashland Police Department will mirror the system set up in Hallsville, which began processing applications March 19. The Hallsville Police Department has accepted 204 applications so far, the department said.

Stone said the Ashland location should be more convenient to applicants from southern Boone County.

Applicants must be residents of Boone County, present a valid Missouri ID and have completed a certified firearms-safety class. They must also undergo fingerprinting and pass a background check before being granted a permit to carry a concealed gun. Applications submitted in Hallsville have taken about four weeks to process, Stone said.

Permits cost $100 and must be paid in two separate checks or money orders; $62 will go to the Boone County Sheriff's Department and $38 pays the Missouri State Highway Patrol for fingerprinting and background checks.

Stone said the Boone County Sheriff's Department had considered setting up a third location for permit applications in Centralia, but decided Hallsville and Ashland can meet the current demand. For now, permit holders must have their application paperwork with them anytime they carry a concealed weapon. By June, the Department of Revenue should have its system in place to endorse driver's licenses or ID cards, Stone said.

The Ashland Police Department will accept conceal-and-carry applications Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashland City Hall, 109 E. Broadway. For additional information, contact the Ashland Police Department at 657-9062.

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