WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Executive Order 20-02 invoked the provisions of sections 44.100 and 44.110, RSMo, and declared a state of emergency that exists in the State of Missouri due to the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency that there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this state; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 can result in mild or severe symptoms, is highly contagious, and is spread through close contact between persons and respiratory transmission; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a serious health risk for Missouri residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, the spread of COVID-19 and identification of additional cases in Missouri is likely to continue, and steps should be taken to prevent a substantial risk to public health and safety; and
WHEREAS, subsection 4 of section 571.104, RSMo, requires individuals with concealed carry permit holders renew permits with their local Sheriff's Department or face penalties; and
WHERAS, a reduction in person to person contact in public settings is necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19;
NOW, THEREFORE, I MICHAEL L. PARSON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, including section 44.100, RSMo, hereby order that all penalties enumerated in section 571.104.4, RSMo, for late renewal applications for concealed carry permits are hereby waived for sixty days from the date of this order.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 2nd day of April, 2020.
[Michael L. Parson's signature]
MICHAEL L. PARSON
[Jay Ashcroft's signature]
JOHN R. ASHCROFT
SECRETARY OF STATE