Virginia Sheriff Waives Permit Fee In Response To Antioch Church Shooting

posted on September 29, 2017

We recently told you about an armed Tennessee usher who halted a massacre in his Antioch church. Now, in response to the violence, a sheriff in Virginia is waiving concealed-carry permit fees for residents of his county. reports that in a statement released Monday, Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said that the $35 fee would be waived indefinitely starting on Oct. 2. He also announced that free concealed-carry courses will be offered beginning in November. 

“In a time when it seems that we are under attack by domestic and international threats, I am concerned that our safety is at risk due to acts of violence such as the event in the church outside of Nashville this past weekend,” Shuler said. He hopes the cost reductions will encourage the law-abiding citizens of his county to be prepared in case they face a similar incident. “The situation in Antioch is a prime example of how a reaction can save lives.”



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