Your daily Letter to the Editor — Jan. 27, 2013
Re: Dan Casey’s column on nonresident concealed carry gun permits (“Legislative panel shoots down delegate’s handgun bill,” Jan. 20):
Casey’s article leads one to think all a nonresident has to do is take an online weapons class and send in his money, and the state police will ship a permit to him.
Well, as usual, that is not the whole story.
A nonresident has to send for a nonresident concealed handgun application package from the Virginia State Police (tinyurl.com/ajbfput). The package contains instructions and a list of required material to be sent back, including:
A fingerprint card. The applicant’s fingerprints have to be taken by a law enforcement agency in his state.
Proof of ID issued by a government agency.
Proof an applicant has taken a weapons safety class.
The application has to be made under oath before a notary or other person qualified to take oaths.
Since Casey did not mention how many crimes have been committed by resident or nonresident concealed carry permit holders, I can only conclude those numbers would not have helped his article.
Ophus A. Hutcherson III