Montgomery County’s permit office, which is by appointment only, has no availability for an appointment until next year, the sheriff’s office said.
The law change is prompting area sheriff’s offices to review how they handle the applications, and that’s good, according to Jim Irvine, a longtime Second Amendment advocate and lobbyist.
Irvine said that the changes were needed to allow legal gun carriers to comply with the law.
He also said allowing Ohioans to go to any sheriff’s office in the state could increase competition among sheriff’s offices and lead to better services.
In Clark County, sheriff’s officials said the impact of the new law should be minimal.
“We don’t anticipate too many changes,” Chief Deputy Jeff Meyer said.
Meyer said the office has changed to an appointment-only system because officials didn’t want many people waiting in the lobby because of COVID-19.
In Montgomery County, the conceal carry department also handles background checks, Sheriff’s officials said they are discussing making adjustments to the permit processes.
In Greene County, the sheriff will continue to allow walk-in appointments at the office at 105 E. Market Street, Xenia, which often attract lines of people.
“The window for all Ohio users will be open on Monday through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.," the Greene County Sheriff’s office said in a press release.
A provision in HB-614 allows county sheriffs to set a day aside for county residents only.
"Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. will now be set aside for Greene County residents only to apply for their CCW permits, and out-of-county residents will be turned away,” the Greene County sheriff’s office said.
The window closes at 3 p.m. each day to allow for clerical work, the statement said. The small lobby only accommodates one person at a time, and the waiting line is outside on the sidewalk.
“The wait in line can be lengthy at times, and there is no protection from any weather elements, so those who choose to utilize our facility should plan ahead for weather conditions,” the Greene County sheriff’s office said.
The state law changes were sparked because of a backup in permits due to the coronavirus pandemic. The changes will expire on June 30, 2021.
The new law also extends a person’s current license if it is scheduled to expire between March 9, 2020, and June 30, 2021, by 90 days or until June 30, 2021, whichever is later.