Sheriffs across the country are speaking out against gun control and some are even doing something to help thwart terrorism.
For Laclede county residents in Missouri, there will be a steep discount on the cost of concealed carry permits. Sherriff Wayne Merritt is lowering the price of concealed carry permits from $100 to $65, and it’s all to encourage residents to get their permits and protect themselves from growing threats.
According to CBS 47 the sheriff understands how more armed citizens makes communities safer:
“I just think people having CCWs — you don’t know whether they’re armed or not — and you’re a little more reluctant to go in and shoot a place up or rob people,” Merritt said. “I think people have the right, if they want to have a concealed firearm and are law-abiding citizens that they have a right to carry a concealed weapon.”
While more anti-gun politicians are calling for the disarmament of American citizens, Sheriff Merritt gets it. There’s a reason most mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. As messed up as these crazies are, they don’t want to have to worry about being shot.
According to concealednation.org, there’s a reason for the $35 discount and an explanation for the $100 cost in the first place.
As it turned out, Missouri General Assembly set the limit for how much a sheriff could charge his or her residents — him being the chief issuing authority and all.
11. For processing an application for a concealed carry permit pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121, the sheriff in each county shall charge a nonrefundable fee not to exceed one hundred dollars which shall be paid to the treasury of the county to the credit of the sheriff’s revolving fund.
12. For processing a renewal for a concealed carry permit pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121, the sheriff in each county shall charge a nonrefundable fee not to exceed fifty dollars which shall be paid to the treasury of the county to the credit of the sheriff’s revolving fund.
Missouri Revised Statutes, 571.101.11-12
So, it turns out Sheriff Wayne Merritt managed to hit two birds with one stone: promoting lawful self-defense and bringing the prices down a bit.
So, Merry Christmas residents of Laclede County and make sure you take advantage of this discount.