Jackson Co to Expand Concealed Permit Application Hours as Requests Surge

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office, which serves a large portion of Kansas City, Missouri, is expanding its hours to handle concealed weapons permit (CCP) applications because of a surge of requests.

“We’re seeing a spike”, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp.

His department says they have processed 53% more application than at the same time a year ago.

To accomodate the surge, Sharp says his CCP office will stay open later two nights a week and will start accepting appoints to come in and get an application or renew a permit.

The same appears to be true in neighboring Clay County, which also services are large portion of Kansas City, north of the Missouri River.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office reports a 50% increase from the same time a year ago.

Marcia Powell was at the Show me Shooter’s range Tuesday.

She said she got her concealed weapons permit in January.

Powell says she fears the Obama Administration could try to restrict access to guns.

She also says she feels safer with a gun.

“I’m armed, I’m protected. I feel safe when I’m out. And, I know how to shoot my gun,” she said.

Tuesday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office CCP department was full. Sharp says it’s like that most days. The Department records show they’re handling an average of more than 41 cases each business day.

Mark Pocok was there Tuesday renewing his permit.

He agrees with those who say they feel safer if they have a weapon.

“Probably for protection. Some folks have to work in bad parts of town. Criminals got guns,” he said.

The situation is much the same in suburban Kansas City on the Kansas side.

Heavily populated Johnson County Kansas’ Sheriff’s Department says they’ve already processed more than two thirds of all of the concealed weapons permits they received in 2012.

It appears Missouri’s concealed weapons process may be headed for changes.

In light of the controversy over whether or not Missouri’s Department of Revenue (DOR) improperly shared private CCP application data, some Republican lawmakers are pushing to remove the DOR and the state’s license bureaus from the CCP process altogether.
Tuesday, the Missouri House passed a bill giving Missouri Sheriffs control over the entire CCP application process.

Until the controversy! Missouri driver’s license operations would often endorse a CCP holder’s driver’s license with an advisory on the license the individual is authorized to carry a conceal weapon.

Jackson County Sheriff Sharp agrees with removing the DOR from the process.

“There is no need for you, to come here, have your fingerprints taken, then have to go to another location to pick up your ID card,” Sharp said.

The new Jackson County Sheriff Dept. CCP hours are:

Monday 8:30 am-7:30 (renewals only 8:30-12:00pm)

Tuesday: 8:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-3:30 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am-7:30 pm (renewals only8:30 am-12:00 pm)

Friday: 8:30 am-3:30 pm

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