Hundreds of Meeker County gun owners learned last month that they won’t have to pay as much this year to obtain a permit to carry a firearm.
Starting Jan. 1, county residents pay only $40 for a carry permit and pay only $35 to renew a permit, which expires after five years. Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, who sent letters to permit holders on Dec. 6 informing them of the fee reduction, said he could no longer justify charging a $100 fee for a permit.
State law requires sheriff offices to put revenue generated from carry permit fees into a legal defense fund, which covers a sheriff against any legal action taken by a permit applicant. State law also mandates counties charge a maximum of $100 for a carry permit and only what it costs to administer permit applications, a process that involves conducting background checks. via Litchfield Independent Review.