I’ve written quite a bit here in the past couple of days about the number of sheriffs’ offices and local courts that are temporarily suspending the approval of concealed carry licenses, not because of any attempt to disarm citizens, but to protect the deputies and court workers so that the system can function during the coronavirus pandemic and the current attempts to flatten the curve of new cases.
One sheriff’s office in West Virginia is trying to find a good middle ground between protecting the front-facing staff and deputies and ensuring that people can still at least renew their concealed carry license.
Beginning March 19, the access door to the sheriff’s office lobby will be closed to non-essential personnel, except in emergencies, according to a press release. Fingerprinting will also be temporarily suspended for the general public.
The sheriff’s office said new concealed carry applications will not be accepted until further notice because of personal contact with personnel.
Renewal of concealed carry permits will be done only by mail, which will require anyone doing so to send a money order for payment of any fees. Questions on this process can be directed to 304-291-7260.
One can understand if our local Sheriffs Department is overwhelmed with our current situation as well as having to deal with panic calls and flooded with permit requests.
My opinion is that during a national emergency such as this, we should rely on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which means open and concealed carry by constitutional law.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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