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What it means here: State extends license to carry firearm permits, game commissioners meeting online, more

Easter services canceled

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad St., Jersey Shore, is canceling its in-house Palm Sunday and Holy Week services, including Easter.

Instead, services will be live-streamed on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday and 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

State grants extension to license to carry firearm permits

Gov. Tom Wolf has granted an extension to license to carry firearms permits, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.

Permits expired on March 19, 2020 or later have been extended to May 30, 2020. The extension is necessary due to the closure of some county courthouses and sheriff’s offices, as well as other protective measures being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In Pennsylvania, an individual 21 years old or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city. The sheriff has 45 days to investigate and determine an individual’s eligibility to be issued a license, which is valid for five years.

A license to carry firearms is required to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his or her residence or place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.

Wolf administration grants extension to weapons training.

The Pennsylvania State Police said that Gov. Tom Wolf has granted a six-month extension for certifications held by privately employed agents pursuant to lethal weapons training.

The Lethal Weapons Training Act provides certification to privately employed agents to carry a lethal weapon.

A lethal weapon is any firearm, device, instrument, material or any other substance that can bring about great bodily harm or death.

The Lethal Weapons Training Act incorporates education and training as part of being a certified agent.

Privately employed agents include individuals employed by hospitals, health care facilities, and other life-sustaining businesses vital to the ongoing fight against COVID-19.

Wolf’s action allows a six-month extension for certification for any agents whose five-year certifications expire between March 6 and Sept. 7.

This extension was necessary because of the unavailability of recertification training courses during the current state of emergency and will allow to continue their important duties during the ongoing public health crisis.

Game ommissioners meeting to be held online

Those wishing to view the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting, being held virtually on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7, either can watch live through the video-conferencing site Webex, or later on the Game Commission’s YouTube channel.

For those watching live, the simplest way to access Monday’s meeting is by clicking on the direct link provided in the interactive version of this news release and on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov.

After clicking the link, each viewer will need to enter a first and last name and email address to join the livestream. Viewers will not be able to join until the meeting starts at 8:45 a.m.

Those in need of technical assistance can contact WebEx Tech Support at 1-866-779-3239.

For those planning to watch the meeting on YouTube, the recording will be posted as soon as possible after the meeting concludes, though it takes time for it to upload.

Much of Monday’s meeting will be dedicated to a discussion on Chronic Wasting Disease. A host of experts are scheduled to offer testimony for the board to consider in the development of a new CWD Response Plan, a draft of which was unveiled last year. Information on the 2020-21 antlerless deer license allocations and elk license allocations also will be discussed.

The meeting will reconvene Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. with the board picking up its prepared agenda. Because the meeting is being held only online, public comments are being collected and considered prior to the meeting.

Tuesday’s meeting will be available through a separate link, provided in the interactive version of this news release and at www.pgc.pa.gov.

The Game Commission’s offices remain closed and Pennsylvanians statewide have been ordered to stay at home due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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