HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday that Gov. Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension for license to carry firearms permits.

Permits, which expired on March 19 or later, have now been extended to July 31. The previous extension was set to expire on May 30.

The extension of license to carry permit expiration dates is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff’s offices, as well as other ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the state police stated in a news release.

In Pennsylvania, an individual 21-years-old or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city.

The sheriff has 45 days to investigate and determine an individual’s eligibility to be issued a license, which is valid for five years.

A license to carry firearms is required to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.

The Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office previously announced that it would be issuing gun permits on a limited basis, beginning May 11. Permits are issued between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon; and 1 and 4 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, only one individual is allowed into the office at a time and only 25 permits are served in the morning and 25 permits in the afternoon on a first come, first serve basis.

It is estimated that there have been 175 renewals or new license to carry firearms permits issued in Northumberland County since May 11.

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