WPPD offering enhanced concealed carry permit instruction

Staff Writer

Kennedy Meaders, Assistant Chief of Police with the West Point Police Department, is offering enhanced concealed carry permit instruction, beginning at 8 a.m. upstairs at City Hall Saturday, Dec. 16.

The cost of the class is $80.

Those wishing to obtain the enhanced concealed carry permit need to already have a concealed carry permit.

Meaders said many churches are starting security teams within the congregation.

He said those wishing to protect their church need to have a concealed carry permit and then undergo the enhanced concealed carry permit course.

The course and the permit are needed especially for churches wishing to have a team in place to protect the congregation in the event of an active shooter on the premises.

"I am a certified instructor for the eight hour enhanced course," Meaders said. "If a church has a team in place, they need to include it in the church minutes to allow the congregation to know there are armed citizens trained for their protection in the church. I wouldn't name anyone, but the congregation needs to know they are there."

Those taking the class need to provide their own handgun and a holster, 50 rounds of ammunition, two or more magazines or speed loaders, and eye and ear protection.

Participants should also bring a cap or hat to dispel ejected rounds The Power Point part of the course will be at City Hall with the firearms portion at the 4-H Ranch.

"Please dress accordingly for the weather," Meaders said. "We will still plan to go ahead rain or shine. It may be a little windy."

Meadors said the firearms portion will begin at 1 p.m. and dismiss at 4 p.m.

"I am really looking forward to Saturday," Meaders said. "We've had more people sign up than we were expecting and that is great. Anyone else who wants to join us is welcome."

Meaders said he has been asked when another class will be available, and he is planning the next one for spring.

"We're all ready for the holidays," Meaders said. "So I think a course in the spring will give people who are interested enough time to make plans. This is going to be very successful and I think everyone is going to have a good time during the process."

For more information, or to sign up for the class, call Assistant

Chief Kennedy Meaders 662-889-0006 or 662-295-7351.