Government shutdown could disrupt gun permit approval

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 7:00 PM

NORFOLK -- One of the more controversial effects of a government shutdown is a halt on concealed carry permits for gun owners.
 
The clerk of court issues these permits in each locality, but the software they use to perform background checks on applicants goes through the federal government.
 
While there's still uncertainty about the actual effects on permitting, one local gun dealer isn't worried about the possibility.
 
"Since law enforcement is a critical form of government, it will be the last thing affected by a government shutdown," said Robert Marcus at Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk.
 
Marcus says even if the permitting process is affected it likely won't have a huge impact. The process of getting a permit already takes more than a month in most cases.
 
 

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