Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson said he is waiving fees for the rest of June for residents seeking concealed carry permits after last weekend’s nightclub massacre in Florida.
Anderson announced the move Monday on the sheriff’s office’s official Facebook page.
The county has charged residents $100 for their first five-year permit and $50 to renew one.
The sheriff’s Facebook post announcing the waived fees was shared by more than a thousand people from Bates County and elsewhere.
A free concealed carry class for new applicants on July 9, which Anderson announced in the Facebook post, is already full, according to the sheriff’s office. Future classes have yet to be announced.
Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The attack left 49 people dead and 53 wounded.
Anderson said in the Facebook post that while he continues praying for peace in the U.S. and worldwide, he “will not put blinders on and act like this cannot happen here to people we know and love.”
Those seeking concealed carry permits must get them in the county where they currently live, Anderson advised. The sheriff’s office offered classes only to Bates County residents.