Concealed Pistol Licenses shelved in Dickinson County

Seven current Concealed Pistol Licenses and one pending application have been shelved by the Dickinson County Gun Board.

Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello and Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards met with other board members Tuesday morning and decided to ask their constituents to temporarily surrender their licenses due to an invalid training certificate. Both Celello and Richards do not believe any of the eight members in question were at fault, and opted not to implement a comprehensive revocation. However, each individual must complete an 8-hour course before their license can be reinstated. Normally the class would cost $130 plus county fees, but a local trainer has offered to certify the entire group free of charge.

All of the faulty certificates were obtained at the same Delta County training facility. The Delta County Clerk and Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that the trainer’s license to certify concealed weapon holders has been suspended. The NRA sent a letter to the County Clerk, indicating the trainer’s license was officially suspended as of October 15th. Anyone who participated in one of the trainer’s courses after that date will not be approved for a Concealed Pistol License. According to the Delta County Clerk, by law, you can still receive your permit if you participated in a course before that date.

The Delta County Gun Board, which is headed by the County Prosecutor, has not yet decided how to handle the grandfathered permits going forward or if any criminal action will be taken on the suspended trainer. Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg estimates that as many as 1,200 permits could be affected.