I thought you may find this interesting. I am currently involved in renewing my concealed weapons permit (CWP). My current CWP expires tomorrow, 5/22/2013. I did an online renewal on 4/11/2013, and have not yet received my replacement. Today (5/21/2013) I contacted SLED by phone to find out the status of my replacement. Their response was, “all applications are currently taking the full 90 day period for processing.”
In response, I inquired to find out if my current permit would be considered valid through the processing period. Their response was, “you must discontinue carrying your weapon upon the expiration of your current CWP, and wait on the replacement to arrive via mail.”
Based on my estimation, this means that I will not receive my replacement until at least early July.
Here is the thing, using the online renewal; you cannot renew your CWP until you are within 90 days of the expiration. There is also no mention on the website that the timeframe is currently the full 90 day period by default. This essentially means that even if you renew your permit on the first day possible, and they process “as scheduled” on day 90, you are legally prohibited from carrying until it arrives in the mail. Not to turn this into a Post Office bashing campaign, but we all know that this is not the fastest delivery service known.
This is intentional infringement upon my Second Amendment Rights, and the rights granted to me by our states CWP legislation.
Erskine – Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Our guess is thousands of South Carolinians are dealing with similar issues. It’s sad our state’s incompetent government is depriving you of your constitutional right – all based on a restriction which shouldn’t even exist in the first place. Of course it’s not surprising, either. Anyway, this is why FITS has consistently urged civil disobedience of all anti-Second Amendment “gun control” laws. Oh well … good luck getting this situation resolved, man.
In the meantime …