License To Carry Permit Event To Be Held In Monroeville

The Allegheny Co. Sheriff's Office and Monroeville Police Dept. will be hosting the event, KDKA's Bryant Reed reports.

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BRIANA SMITH: Happening today, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Monroeville Police Department for a satellite license to carry event. This follows last month's record setting event in Forward Township. Let's bring in Bryant Reed who has the details on what you need to know if you're looking to get a license, Bryant?

BRYANT REED: Briana, a record number of Pennsylvanians are buying guns this year, and with it comes a demand for license to carry permits. Today's event takes place at the Monroeville municipal building from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Now if you're attending, you need your completed application, driver's license or state ID, and $20 in cash.

You also have to wear a mask and practice social distancing protocols. Now this was the scene at the last month satellite event in Forward Township. The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office says, it processed nearly 650 applications which was a daily record.

People waited in line for up to six hours to get the right to carry a gun and days after that event, our John Shumway asked chief deputy Kevin Kraus about possible criticism from the Sheriff's office for holding these events and making it easier for people to have guns. Here was his answer.

KEVIN KRAUS: We do hear that but I mean, that's part of our function at the Sheriff's office. Under the Second Amendment, people that are qualified have the right to carry a concealed firearm. We're open carry.

BRYANT REED: According to the state police instant check system, which is used to check someone's legal status to get a license or a firearm, more than 427,000 background checks were conducted in the first three months of this year. That exceeds the previous record of 420,000, which was set in the final three months of last year. Now back to today's event, the Allegheny Sheriff's Office says, this event is for Allegheny County residents only.

There will be no permits issued for anybody who is a non county resident. And just one more thing, Briana, you can also drop off your expired or unused medications at this event but glass bottles, liquids, syringes, inhalers, insulins, or creams will not be accepted. Live in Monroeville, I'm Bryant Reed. KDKA News.