The Missouri State Highway Patrol has initiated a new audit of county sheriff's offices to ensure established procedures are used in issuing concealed carry permits for weapons.
Jena Smith, at the Barry County Sheriff's Office, was recently audited by the patrol to ensure background checks, fingerprints and criminal histories are being obtained and checked before a concealed carry permit is issued.
"This is something new," Smith said. "They will audit the sheriff's office every three years to make sure we are in compliance with state regulations."
During the audit, several Barry County Sheriff's Office case files were pulled for inspection.
"This is the first time I had been audited," Smith said. "We received a good report and we are completely compliant."
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office was also recently audited and was also found to be in compliance.