On 3/20, the Montgomery County Sheriff shut down the processing of new carry permits. Other counties in PA are still processing permits. According to the law (as far as I know), the Sheriff has 45 days to do the background check to determine if the person is eligible for a license to carry. They haven’t officially extended that time frame, but they did extend the renewals if they expired until 5/30. The last update says they say they’re not processing any applications until they figure out when they are returning, and who knows when that is.
Is this legal? Do people like me have any recourse or other option?
I applied for my CCW permit on March 23rd so it’s been 43 days (as of 5/5) since I sent in my application.
From the Sheriff
In accordance with state and county directives to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, NO GUN PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL OCCUR AT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT HOUSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please do not come to the special services/gun permit office in the court house to drop off or pick up an application, permit, permit renewal or 218 permit during this period. YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY.
Applications can still be filled out and submitted online, but due to exigent circumstances they will not be processed until 30 days after submission.
We acknowledge the inconvenience this temporary policy presents and appreciate your continued cooperation.