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Sheriff resumes issuing concealed carry licenses

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County Sheriff Kerry Stover has resumed issuing licenses to carry a concealed firearm.

Like most sheriffs across the commonwealth, Stover stopped issuing Licenses to Carry a firearm concealedpermits late last week when the county buildings were shut down to the public due to concerns about the coronavirus.

He has since come up with a reasonable solution to issue a License to Carry a firearm concealed without risking the health of his staff while understanding the concerns of people for their safety and the safety of thier family at this time.

The process will now be done in the hall just outside the sheriff’s office window, thus eliminating the need for anyone to come inside the sheriff’s office.

“I very much believe this process is the best option for considering your health as well as the health of my staff and it still gives you the opportunity to get your new or renewed license to carry,” Stover said.

“We moved the computer to a new spot in the office, ran a new Cat 6 cable as well as all of the wiring for the camera, signature pad, printer and scanner, all of which are associated with the process of issuing a license. Once we were sure it worked we, with help from maintenance, found and painted a background to meet the state requirement for this picture background,” Stover explained.

So, starting today, March 25, if your license is expired or is due to expire within the next 30 days, call the office for an appointment. There are 12 spots on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with spots scheduled 30 minutes apart starting at 9 a.m. and going through the normal 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays will have six slots starting at 9 a.m. through 11:30 p.m.

“This give us the potential for over 60 licenses a week or 240 a month, which is far greater than our normal numbers, so everyone will have many opportunities. Please understand, only those wishing to acquire a new license or those who are within 30 days of their current license expiration date will be given appointments,” Stover said. If renewing please have your old license handy when you call for an appointment.

Applications can be found at www.clintoncountypa.com website under “elected officials” then “Sheriff.” Once there, you will see the Concealed Carry Application link on the right-hand side of the page. You can fill that out online, print and bring it in or the department still offers them at the window for those of you who do not have access to a computer.

To make an appointment, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 570-893-4070, then call again when you arrive for your appointment at the courthouse front door so someone can let you into the building.

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