New Legislation Would Cut Costs for Concealed Carry for U.S. Veterans

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Springfield - Some say hand guns come with an inherent risk of danger.

Others say they carry them for protection.

The number of people looking to legally practice concealed carry is on the rise.

"I think there's an increased interest from women is what I'm hearing, too," said state representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield).

Tyler Sims, owner of Locked in Loaded in Pana, added, "it's probably 60/40 to men and women now.  The veterans almost take a different approach.  It's not if they want to do it, it's 'how do I do it, and do I get it done?'"

Bourne is introducing legislation that would lower the cost for U.S. veterans

She said that since they are only required to take half of the training time in exchange for service experience, they should only pay half the training cost.

"It's not only a way to bring some parity to say thank you for your service.  We also have a lot of fees and and they seemed to get tacked on time after time, and so this allows too to reduce those fees and take a common sense approach to it," said Bourne.

Sims agreed.

"They know what they're doing, and they deserve it.  They've fought for us and if anybody get's and easier ride it definitely be our veterans," he added.

Bourne and the rest of the General Assembly return to Springfield on April 4th.

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