OSAGE BEACH - Changes to the Concealed Carry Law went into effect on Aug. 28. These are changes to Chapter 571 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, which governs concealed carry law. The changes will effect all those training to receive a Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit.
One of the biggest changes is lowering the applicant eligibility age from 23 to 21. John W. Page, firearms instructor of Pistols Plus in Osage Beach, said he thinks the changes to the law are good. He said he believes people will be less likely to use a weapon if they think there may already be weapons in the area. "The Constitution applies to the 21-year-old just as well as it does for the 60-year-old," Page said.
Other changes include requiring 50 rounds of live fire exercise from both a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun. The changes also make providing false information regarding past training to the Sheriff a class C misdemeanor. And a non-driver's license containing a CCW endorsement is valid through the permit's expiration.
Page said he believes the next step in firearms law is looking at military clarifications. He said he thinks soldiers under the age of 21 should be able to purchase firearms after returning home from duty.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department advises anyone who has received concealed carry training prior to August 28 to make sure their training meets the new requirements.