Missourians wanting to carry concealed weapons might find it’s going to take some time to get that permit to carry. The Missouri Sheriff’s Association has developed its training standards for people who want to carry concealed weapons. The course will be taught by instructors licensed by the Association. The Association is writing the lesson plan now and will be deciding on licensing standards for instructors. Executive Director Jim Vermeersch says the law is in place but does not specify who provides the standards. The law requires eight hours of training. One thing Vermeersch wants people to understand: You can’t just walk into a sheriff’s office and get a license. Even when the system is in operation, it will take weeks after an application for background checks to be run and training to be completed. It is likely to be several months before the first licenses are issued.
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