Several candidates in Powhatan County, Va., are looking to simplify and streamline the often arduous task of obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The candidates—including those running for sheriff, clerk of the court, and the Board of Supervisors—are supporting a “Free CHP While You Wait” policy, which would waive all fees associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed handgun permit and expedite the processing and wait-time of permits for eligible county residents.
Teresa Hash Dobbins, current clerk of the court and one of the candidates supporting the plan, said, “The total application and approval process should take approximately 30 minutes or less.” Seven candidates have endorsed this initiative, including Brad Nunnally, candidate for sheriff. “One should not have to choose between paying bills and exercising a fundamental right,” Nunnally said.
In addition to removing the costs of a permit, this same-day service would allow residents to exercise their right to self-defense without facing many of the bureaucratic delays inherent in the current system. Bob Marcellus, candidate for the Board of Supervisors, District 2, believes the group will establish the “model” concealed handgun permitting procedure in Virginia while efficiently delivering a core service to their citizens. If elected, candidates expect to have this initiative on the January 2016 Board of Supervisors agenda.
This new proposal is a reminder that election day—Nov. 3—is just around the corner. Please remember to vote for those candidates who support the Second Amendment, and encourage friends, family and co-workers to do the same.