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Citizens with permits to carry concealed weapons would have to renew their permit every five years — instead of three — under several legislative proposals being considered this year.

Seven bills filed in the House also would lower the age to get a concealed carry weapon permit from 23 to 21.

On Wednesday, the House Agri-Business Committee held hearings on proposals dealing with concealed weapons and self-defense.

One bill that lowers the age for carrying a concealed weapon also would expand the right to use deadly force against any unlawful intruder on private property to any area of the property outside of the home. The current law, known as the Castle Doctrine, gives individuals the right to use deadly force against intruders in their home.

Republicans Eric Burlison of Springfield, Mike Parson of Bolivar and Don Ruzicka of Mount Vernon were among the six representatives sponsoring bills to expand the renewal period for CCW permits. Some of the bills have slight differences.

Burlison’s legislation just increases the renewal period to five years. He wanted to pursue a six-year renewal period. But that would exceed federal law, making CCW permit holders submit to a background check each time they purchase a firearm, said Whitney O’Daniel, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.

Parson’s legislation would require permit holders to take an online course during the third year of the five-year period to learn any changes in law regarding firearms and CCW permits. “The people who have conceal carry weapons are law-abiding citizens,” said the former Polk County sheriff.

The CCW permits cost $100 and $50 to renew in Greene and Christian counties. The money mostly goes toward a conducting criminal background check with the FBI and covering the county sheriff’s cost of issuing the permits.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott, who did not attend the hearing, said he supports Parson’s approach. He would like for sheriffs to have the ability to conduct a new background check three years into a five-year period.

Ruzicka’s bill would expand current law allowing judges and court officers to carry weapons to prosecuting and circuit attorneys.

Parson’s bill would increase the renewal fee to $75 to help county sheriffs deal with receiving less revenue from fewer renewals.

Source: News-Leader Springfield, Missouri

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