- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office in south-central Idaho is offering free instruction for enhanced concealed-carry gun permits.

Sheriff Jay Heward said many residents have expressed interest in the eight-hour class.

“We wanted to give something back to the community by offering these classes,” the sheriff told The Times-News (https://bit.ly/1lzUkt9). “These types of classes are being offered around the (Magic) valley, and they’re charging a pretty good amount of money for them.”

The course taken elsewhere can cost $150.

Obtaining a concealed carry permit is relatively easy in Idaho, but many states don’t recognize the permit. An enhanced concealed-carry gun permit requires more time and instruction, but is honored in Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Virginia and South Carolina.

Also this year, Idaho lawmakers approved a measure allowing those with the enhanced concealed-carry permit to bring a concealed weapon on college campuses starting July 1. The new law prohibits people from carrying firearms within dormitories and residence halls, and in any public entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more.

The course for the enhanced permit includes safety instruction and requires each student to shoot 100 rounds on a gun range under the instruction of police.

“It’s about being safe and knowing what is expected of you if you choose to carry a weapon,” said Lt. Kevin Horak, the instructor for the class. “We want people to be safe, but it can also be fun.”

The Sheriff’s Office held its first course Saturday and plans to hold three more this year.

“I liked the class,” said Russ Terry, of Burley. “I thought it was informative, and the range time was fun.”

Heward said the Sheriff’s Office is limiting the course to 18 to 20 people per class.

“Otherwise, it gets to be too many,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, and it helps a lot of first-timers get familiarized with their weapon.”

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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