June 17, 2015

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Orange Sheriff’s Office modifies its firearms training policy

GOSHEN – The Orange County Sheriff’s office is changing its rules concerning who can provide instruction to persons applying for pistol permits.

“Due to certain developments this office will, going forward, accept training certificates from instructors in addition to those on the approved and recommended list,” Undersheriff Kenneth Jones wrote in a letter to instructors.

He wrote that being approved to be on the instructors’ list “should not be implied to the public that you, as an instructor, are affiliated in any way with the sheriff’s office other than having been approved to teach a prescribed syllabus that we have provided.”

Jones said the change is “a firm, upbeat and solid way to protect the consumer when they want training.”

Several weeks ago, NRA-approved instructor, filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office challenging its new rules. That suit remains active.

“This should solve the issue,” Jones said.

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