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Cleveland County sheriff making it easier to apply for conceal carry, because of president’s “disgusting and vile actions”

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. -The Cleveland County sheriff is taking shots at the president, saying his morally wrong "minions" are attacking our personal freedoms.

As a result, he's making an easier path to apply for a concealed carry gun license.

Some people are really upset, but it's not that they disagree people have the right to carry guns.

They said, as an elected official, the sheriff should respect the president no matter what their differences.

Others we spoke to said it's freedom of speech.

A letter from the sheriff starts out, "with the recent and continuing attempts by the current leader of our government and his iniquitous minions to further attack our constitution and our personal freedoms, I am making changes to our procedures for persons seeking to obtain Self Defense Act applications."

"I don't care what your opinion is of the president, but the terminology 'iniquitous minions' - I mean, that's unprofessional," said Amy Vandewalker, a Cleveland County resident.

"I don't really have any problem with this," said Sarah Harris, another Cleveland County resident.

"You don't have to agree with him, but you have to respect him," said Ted Lewis, an avid gun supporter and Cleveland County resident. "He is the president of our United States."

Basically, the sheriff is saying he's opening up the Cleveland County jail to allow a more user friendly way to apply for a concealed carry license.

"I agree with most of what he says here," said Evan Bray, a Cleveland County resident. "If you make it easier to train and know how to use and be prepared to handle a weapon, that's great."

"It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it," Lewis said.

But, the real problem people see is how he wrote the letter, crediting an expected rise in licenses to "the disgusting and vile actions by our current president."

"He can have his opinion, yes, but to shout out his opinion in this - I mean, it's just cheap. It's cheap words," Vandewalker said. "I don't like it."

We wanted to speak directly with Sheriff Lester about his uses of the words "vile and disgusting," referring to the president of the U.S.

We requested an interview through his spokeswoman and even the undersheriff.

We were told our request would be passed along, but we never heard back.

Sheriff Joe Lester's letter to citizens

"I think that's just more of the, I don't know, fear mongering, right-wing rhetoric that's being used in a lot of the red states, which we are clearly one of those," Bray said.

Some, still, are siding with their sheriff.

"Everybody has the right to speak their mind, and we have freedom of speech," Harris said. "So, if you want to say what you want to say, go for it."

The new changes to the application location will take effect on Wednesday, February 3rd.