DPS drops photo fee on concealed-carry gun permits

JACKSON, MS (WLOX/AP) - A $6 photo fee has been dropped from the price of a Mississippi concealed-carry gun permit after the attorney general said it's against state law.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety charges $100 for a concealed-carry permit. The law actually says that's the most the state can charge for the permits. But when a private vendor began charging DPS an additional $6 for each gun permit, officials decided to pass that cost on to the consumer.

Department spokesman Warren Strain told The Associated Press that $6 fee was dropped as of Monday. The photo fee remains in place on driver's licenses.

After reading the opinions from Attorney General Jim Hood stating the Department of Public Safety did not have the authority to raise gun permit prices, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves issued his own statement, saying, "My first thought when I learned of this bureaucratic cash grab was that the Obama Administration mindset had taken over the Department of Public Safety leadership. The commissioner's action clearly violates state law, demonstrates a lack of leadership and makes it appear he wants to be in the gun control business. Mississippians are tired of government reaching deeper into their pockets to justify agency overspending. I expect the DPS Commissioner to follow the law immediately and offer refunds to law-abiding gun owners who have been overcharged for their right to carry a concealed weapon."

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