One week ago, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department put into effect changes that made it harder for people to get concealed carry permits, and, on Wednesday, March 25, the Sheriff’s Department announced that it was halting the service completely for the time being due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
A March 25 press release from the department announced that, “as a result of the impact of the on-going Covid-19 virus, Sheriff [Danny] Rogers is temporarily suspending the issuance and processing of concealed carry handgun (CCH) permits.”
Pistol Purchase Permits will continue to be issued by the department; however, those permits are now being mailed to applicants since the Sheriff’s Department has temporarily suspended the in-person pickup of those permits at all of its locations.
Anyone who wishes to get a pistol permit should follow the online instructions when they’re applying. If their application is approved, the permit will be mailed to the address provided on the initial application.
However, those who want the right to legally carry that gun in a concealed manner are out of luck for the time being. According to Sheriff’s Department officials, this action is being taken “in accordance with health and safety information from local, state and federal health and government agencies.”
The Sheriff’s Department also notes that the situation is highly fluid and further policy changes will depend on the progress of the coronavirus. The department intends to resume normal concealed carry operations “as soon as it is practicable.”
The department’s cessation of the service comes at a time when there’s a heightened interest in gun ownership and concealed carry permits in the county and across the country. Local gun dealers have been seeing a lot of new buyers as many people worry about their welfare in a world where people are clashing vigorously over things like Purell and toilet paper.
This statement concerns me, “The Sheriff’s Department also notes that the situation is highly fluid and further policy changes will depend on the progress of the coronavirus. The department intends to resume normal concealed carry operations ‘as soon as it is practicable.'”
Just as the Democrats in Senate seem to think funding the arts is a vital part of the Coronavirus Economic Stimulus package, the idea of “further policy changes” that “depend” on anything coming from a Democratic Sheriff sound very fishy to me. This does not bode well.
Can we impeach the Sheriff?
For our “health and safety” (I like that progressive word), our right to concealed carry is curtailed. With possible civil unrest, we may be the only defense available for our own safety from criminals, and the mob. I read that in some city in Texas, police will not respond to burglary and theft calls. So who is gonna defend us from that? According to some of our politicians, the govt will watch out for us. Sure, baby. How can anyone buy that? What they really want is to watch us. What the left wants is complete control. Karl Marx writes in his “Communist Manifesto” that three things need to be accomplished in order for the govt to gain complete control of the people: 1. Control of the press. 2. Control of the currency. 3. Control of firearms. How are we doing on those?
More lame excuses from another sheriff that doesn’t want to give the public the right to conceal carry, even after being properly trained to do so and lawfully passed. Now 6 months so far still have not received permit since finishing the aggravating process they put you through, starting with trouble finding a parking place near the courthouse on any morning and causing me to be 1minute late over the required 15 min max. Unreasonable employee at window decided to punish me for being 1 min late by rescheduling my appt 2 months later. Sheriff Rogers, why can’t you transfer or hire more people to handle a obvious greater demand for these permits instead of remaining so backlogged? I realize the FBI has to do the final check and that also takes time, but you and your staff seem determined to aggravate and slow the process from the beginning. Employees working in this area seem to be mad and overall in a bad mood, taking it out on the taxpayers paying their salary. As a result of this I will not vote for Sheriff Rodgers again.
The hostility you got is typical of our city and county government. You can see who is running it. If they were in the real world, most would be unemployable. You pretty much have to catch them in the parking lot doing something they shouldn’t be doing, in order to fire them. Just think, a job where you can’t be fired if you just pretty much show up. Then, what is the incentive to do a good job?