I have a bit of a rant tonight. I’ve been working with a friend of mine to start teaching concealed carry classes in Missouri. We’re at that phase where we’re trying to determine what we “legally” need to do in order to properly certify our students so they may apply for their permits from their respective county sheriffs.
Of the 4 sheriff departments we’ve queried, we’ve had four different answers. One allows you to download the form and just copy your credentials to the back of the form. Another let’s you photocopy their form, but they would like for you to fax your credentials and an outline of your class to the records office. The third mentions a state form that you need to fill out but provides no link to it. The forth wants their form notarized which outlines your credentials.
What does Missouri State law require?
1) That I be a qualified instructor according to the criteria in the law,
2) If requested, make the student’s records available to the sheriff,
3) Maintain those records for 4 years,
4) Have no more than 40 students per class, and 5 students per safety officer during the live-fire portion of the class.
5) Cover what is legally required for the training in an 8 hour class.
I have no problem with making myself known to the sheriff’s department ahead of time. If we’re going to require Missouri residents to go through some prescribed training in order to receive their concealed carry endorsement, it stands to reason that Missouri would also require me to do the same as an instructor. While I wish we had adopted the Vermont or Alaska style of permitting, this is what we have, I can’t change that.
But once I’ve met those requirements, doesn’t it seem reasonable to have a standard process for registering yourself as an instructor?? Grumble, grumble. I find it even more ironic that the county which fought the implementation of the law to have the easiest process.
Now that I’m good and frustrated, I’m off to the license branch to finish renewing my Missouri permit. You Hoosiers with your fancy lifetime permits don’t know how good you have it……..