Concealed carry permits on hold

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has suspended processing applications for concealed carry permits until April 6.

Blair County Sheriff James Ott sent out a press release Thursday that stating the halting of processing applications for licenses to carry is an effort to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 at the Blair County Courthouse.

There is a tentative plan to resume services on Monday, April 6, Ott said.

“As a community leader, my primary responsibility is not only the safety of my employees but the community as a whole,” Ott noted. “With that being said, as your sheriff, I truly respect and honor your Constitutional Rights and Second Amendment. Given the current situation and potential risks involved, the members of my office and I believe this decision is in the best interest of all involved.”

For people who are concerned about legal ramifications for permits that will expire, there is an exception to the law that covers people lawfully issued a license to carry a firearm when that license expired within six months prior to the date of arrest and that the person would otherwise be eligible for renewal of that license.

Ott said county officials have been working “diligently to do everything they can to serve not just the employees, but every citizen in Blair County.”

Ott said anyone with questions should call the Sheriff’s Office.