Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson recently posted on Facebook that in light of recent national violence, he was going to temporarily suspend the charging of fees for citizens of Bates County who would like to receive their concealed carry permit.
And it went from there- from local news sources to Kansas city TV stations, then some of the national news outlets throughout the country.
While making headlines certainly wasn't his intention, in fact he seemed a little humbled by all the attention- Anderson stands behind his offer to provide the classes free of charge.
As you might expect, all classes are full right now, but you can still put your name on the list. The Bates County Sheriff's Office web page and Facebook pages are listed below:
Some good reading as the announcement of free classes went viral: