While a number of sheriffs and other law enforcement officers have encouraged Americans to take advantage of their Second Amendment rights in response to increased security risks, one Oklahoma lawman is backing up the pro-gun rhetoric with a move that will actually help citizens do so.
Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes announced last week his plan to promote local gun ownership by waiving his office’s gun licensing fees.
“This is the least I can do for law-abiding citizens,” he said, calling the move “a good gesture to encourage people to carry a gun lawfully.”
The $35 his action will save every resident seeking a license, Rhodes said, is his response to a “violent society” in need of good guys with guns.
As for the cost in lost revenue to the department, he dismissed such concerns as less important than the safety of his constituents.
“I encourage the exercise of your Second Amendment rights,” he reiterated. “I’m a big supporter of the Second Amendment.”