Coronavirus: Some Ohio Sheriffs suspending Concealed Handgun License applications and renewals
Buckeye Firearms Association has learned that due to health concerns about coronavirus, some Ohio Sheriff offices are canceling appointments for Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs), temporarily suspending applications and renewals, or limiting hours for license processing. The situation varies from county to county.
This appears to be a temporary measure to protect the health of both law enforcement staff and citizens, but it is unclear at this time how long the situation will last.
BFA is discussing the matter with the Governor and leadership in the House and Senate to assess the situation and explore options to address the problem.
Note that Ohio law currently specifies that you have a 30-day grace period after your CHL expiration date during which time your license remains valid.
One option we will propose is to have the legislature extend the grace period on CHLs so that Ohioans can continue to carry a firearm legally even after the normal grace period ends.
If your license is coming due for renewal, or you're planning to apply for a license, check with the sheriff in your county or with the sheriff in an adjacent county for the status of license processing.
Keep checking our website at www.BuckeyeFirearms.org for updates.