The area’s three local circuit court clerks issued a press release Tuesday reminding gun owners that the training requirement to apply for a concealed handgun permit in Virginia must be in-person and will no longer be allowed to be completed online beginning next year. A new bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly removed the option of the online training certification.
The change takes effect Jan. 1. “We want to emphasize to those citizens who will be applying for the first time for concealed handgun permits that you must now have a certificate that verifies you have completed in-person firearm training, and that online training certificates will no longer be acceptable,” the press release said. The release was issued by Waynesboro Clerk of Circuit Court Nicole A. Briggs, Staunton Clerk of Circuit Court Staci N. Falls and Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court R. Steven Landes. The clerks encouraged those applying for a concealed handgun permit to visit the Virginia State Police website at https://www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms_ResidentConcealed.shtm. New permit applications must be brought to each clerk’s office, but renewal permit applications can be mailed with the appropriate documentation and fee, the release said. In addition, each clerk’s office can be called for information regarding lost or destroyed permits, or for a change of address, or to request a replacement permit. [full article]