Coronavirus: Some States have stopped issuing Concealed Handgun Permits

8 Apr , 2020  

In 16 Constitutional Carry states, you don’t need a permit to carry in the state, and in Montana, you don’t need a permit to carry in about 99.4% of the state. But in the rest of the country, you need a permit to carry concealed.

Partial list of states (We will update as we have time)

Georgia – “Probate courts across Georgia have been instructed to temporarily stop accepting applications for weapons carry licenses.”

Florida – “New concealed carry license applications on hold in Florida due to coronavirus outbreak”

Louisiana – Email to Louisiana CHP Instructors but the LSP-CHP: “To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, Gov. Edwards issued a “Stay at Home Order” on March 22, directing all Louisiana residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. In compliance with the Governor’s order, Concealed Handgun Unit (CHP) personnel will not be in the office. Therefore, we will not be able to answer phone calls, accept or process applications, or mail permits until a later date. We will attempt to answer emails to the best of our ability during this downtime.”

Michigan – At least some police and sheriff departments are no longer processing permits (e.g., Montcalm County, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Wayne County).

“We want the court to order the clerk to do her job,” said Terry Johnson, a Detroit-based attorney for Michigan Open Carry, Inc., one of the groups bringing the suit. “The clerk hasn’t stopped doing the functions required by her job, except for the processing of CPLs.”

The lawsuit claims Garrett’s office stopped processing licenses and renewals on Feb. 21 and that her office previously took about 14 months to process applications while other Michigan counties take about two months.

“To the best of the plaintiffs’ knowledge and belief, no other county clerk in the state of Michigan is denying or delaying the acceptance of application, the refusal of administration of oath to their county residents who apply for a CPL, nor renewal of their county residents CPL permits,” according to the suit.

James David Dickson, “Gun groups sue Wayne County over alleged concealed pistol license delays,” The Detroit News, March 30, 2021

Missouri – Missouri is a Constitutional Carry state, so people don’t need a permit to carry in the state, but people do get permits so that they can carry when they travel outside the state and Missouri Governor Mike Parson suspended “late fees for concealed carry license renewals.”

Montana – Permits are required within city limits in Montana. Concealed weapon applications are still handled in the state, but they are only handled by appointment.

Nevada – At least temporarily people won’t be able to get a concealed handgun permit in Clark County, where over half the state population lives. “The announcement on Wednesday noted that the department is ‘working diligently’ to implement an online application to process concealed weapons permits electronically.”

North Carolina — Some counties are issuing permits to all applicants and some are only issuing renewals. Wake County temporarily suspended issuing new permits, but they entered into a consent decree that required them to again issue permits.

Ohio — “Some Ohio Sheriffs suspending Concealed Handgun License applications and renewals.” The list of such counties includes: Darke, Delaware (suburban Columbus), Geauga (suburban Cleveland), Hamilton (Cincinnati), Madison (suburban Columbus), Meigs, Montgomery (Dayton), Ottawa (suburban Toledo), Putnam, and Tuscarawas.

Oregon –

Concealed handgun permits halted, but gun sales go on

At almost the exact time gun sales began to climb in Oregon, most sheriff’s departments around the state put a freeze on processing new concealed handgun license applications.

New handgun licenses require applicants to give their fingerprint, which can’t be done in compliance with the governor’s social distancing guidelines, said Washington County Sgt. Danny DiPietro. The county, which has been hit hardest in the state by the coronavirus, has closed off its sheriff’s office to most public interactions. Many other county sheriff’s departments have done the same.

Pennsylvania – “Police in Philly and other Pa. counties stop issuing license-to-carry permits to gun owners amid coronavirus outbreak”

Utah – Still issuing permits.

Washington State — Email from a Police Records Supervisor in Spokane, Washington: “We are currently able to assist on-time renewals of CPLs. New CPLs and CPLs that have expired beyond 90 days require fingerprinting. Your CPL expired several years ago and therefore will be considered a new CPL and will require fingerprinting. I do not know of any agency in Washington state currently producing new CPLs due to the fingerprint requirement.”

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4 Responses

  1. Lance A DeVooght says:

    In Michigan, CPL’s are issue, by the Country Clerk, not the police.
    But all County Clerk offices are closed.
    It is also true that one needs to be fingerprinted at a LE Office to apply for a CPL.
    But, all LE in Michigan are refusing to fingerprint people for the purpose of applying for a CPL.

  2. Ralph Melancon says:

    I am a CHP class instructor and the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Unit sent all instructors an email on March 23, 2020. They have not been in the office since March 22, 2020 when the governor issued a stay at home order. Therefore they are not accepting or processing concealed handgun permit applications until a date when they will resume normal operations.

  3. Susan says:

    In Nevada, all in person ccw classes have been cancelled until further notice. Not just in Clark County. The ccw offices are closed so there is no processing of any applications. I am not 100% sure in rural areas, (majority of the state) but theres been next to no cases of cv, so those SO depts could possibly still be up & running.

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