Sunday, February 21, 2016

OK: Sheriffs Encourage Armed Citizens; Carry Permits Spike

Just how many Oklahoma sheriffs have waived all or part of the gun-carry license fees is unclear, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

According to news reports, sheriffs in Creek and Garvin counties have waived all or part of the $25 fingerprinting fee normally charged to gun-carry license applicants.

In December, a Facebook page maintained by the Garvin County sheriff’s office posted a photocopied letter by Sheriff Larry Rhodes. The image was shared nearly 2,500 times and received 1,422 “likes.”

“As sheriff of Garvin County, I encourage you as citizens to follow the laws of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, which allows you to legally carry a handgun,” Rhodes wrote in the letter. “In a time when our nation is under attack by domestic and international threats and our safety is at risk due to acts of violence, I do not want to restrict your ability to protect yourself and exercise your Second Amendment rights.”

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