I live in the City of Richmond and submitted an application for a concealed carry permit on June 8th, 2020. Per the code of Virginia 18.2-308.05 - if the permit has not been issued within 45 days of receipt of the application, the clerk of the court shall certify and mail (snail or electronic) the application to the applicant. This shall serve as the de facto permit for 90 days after issuance.
Having not received the permit as of today (7/27), I called the City and was informed that they are not issuing de facto permits because of COVID, rioting, and they are just “too busy”. I cited the code referenced above and was told that the Supreme Court of VA waived this statute. Furthermore, I was told that it will be weeks before they are able to process any applications and issue the permit.
I am unable to validate the claim that this statute was waived. I have searched the amendments and Northam’s executive orders - suspecting that is what the nice lady in the clerks office meant. I called other counties in the area, none of the circuit court clerks are aware of any changes.
Has anybody heard of anything like this in Richmond?