In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, the Sheriff in Bates County, MO, is saving his residents money in the name of safety.
Sheriff Chad Anderson is waiving the cost of concealed carry permits for the entire month of June. Anderson says after what happened in Orlando, he wants people who live in his community to feel safe. The waived fee is for Bates County residents only. It’s something a lot of people might be interested in, as getting a concealed carry permit can be pricey. In order to get a concealed carry permit in the state of Missouri residents have to be 19 years old. The age requirement drops to 18 for members of the military. The permits are valid for five years. If you’re a first time permit holder, the cost is about $100. If you’re renewing your permit, it will cost you about $50. The next concealed carry class is on July 9. Those people will be able to receive licenses for free as well, even though that class takes place in July. The permits can take up to 45 days to process. To sign up, you can call the sheriff’s office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Class size is limited to 30 people. If the class is full, they may put you on a waiting list for another class.