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Garvin County sheriff waiving fees associated with concealed carry licenses

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GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. – Many law enforcement agencies around the country are asking qualified citizens to get their concealed carry license.

Now, an Oklahoma sheriff is making things a little easier for those residents who want to legally carry a weapon.

On Tuesday, the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement, saying officials will waive all sheriff’s fees associated with concealed carry licenses.

“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. 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.

To that extent, I have decided to waive all sheriff’s fees associated with the SDA license application. The costs of a $25.00 fee for two sets of fingerprints and a $10.00 fee for a 2″x2″ photograph will be waived, however, the costs assessed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for first time applicants and license renewals must still be submitted with your application.”

Earlier this month,  Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney posted a message to Facebook, encouraging citizens to arm themselves.

“As your Sheriff, I encourage all who are LEGALLY, ELIGIBLE, and TRAINED to carry concealed weapons to do so. I do not want any of us to be helpless victims if we should fall under attack,” the post read, in part.

Also, Sheriff Jim Bauman, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, posted a similar notice to all citizens in the county.