In light of an attempted rape of a woman at Milliken Park on Sunday, Sheriff Chuck Wright encouraged women to get concealed weapons permits.
Wright suggested a .45-caliber weapon, because “you don’t have to be accurate, you just have to be close” to a target, and displayed a fanny pack at a news conference that women could carry a concealed handgun while out jogging.
To apply for a concealed weapons permit from the State Law Enforcement Division: a person must be 21 years old and not be prohibited from owning a weapon, provide photo identification and proof of residency; submit a valid driver’s license or proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within six months of the application; pay a $50 fee; be fingerprinted; undergo a SLED criminal background check; submit proof of training by completing a basic or advanced handgun education course offered by a state, county or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization that promotes gun safety.
The course must be a minimum of eight hours and must include information on gun laws and the use of deadly force, handgun safety, proper handgun storage and the actual firing of the handgun in the presence of the instructor.
Source: Jenny Arnold for goupstate.com.
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