SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sheriff Jim Arnott says his department will continue to accept training certificates for people who want to carry concealed weapons from any instructor who meets the state's criteria. Last week, Arnott put out a notice that, starting this fall, his department would only accept certificates from trainers based in Greene County and the counties that touch Greene County.
Arnott wasn't available to speak to reporters after his notice went out last week. His staff said, however, that Arnott wanted his department to be able to make sure instructors are giving adequate training to people who want to carry concealed weapons.
An instructor in Laclede County, which does not touch Greene County, objected to the new policy. He said he would lose business after the policy went into effect in the fall. He also argued that state law didn't allow Arnott to issue such an order.
News release from Arnott on Monday: