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Columbia County LTCF Information
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Columbia County Sheriff's Website: Click Here

County Sheriff Office
35 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

570-389-5622

Application: PDF

This information is compiled using various reports from individuals applying for and receiving their LTCF in Columbia County. I do not reside in the county and have no first hand experience.

Columbia County LTCF applications must be taken to the county Sheriff's office in Bloomsburg. The Sheriff does do a reference check. You will be asked to have your references call in to the Sheriff's office for your character evaluation. Average turnaround time in this county is reported as being 7-14 days from multiple sources.

If any information in this post needs updated, please PM me or reply here and I will update accordingly.
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"The Sheriff does do a reference check. You will be asked to have your references call in to the Sheriff's office for your character evaluation."

So the Sheriff and his staff are admitted felons, very nice.

Quote:18 Pa.C.S. § 6111(g)(3.1) Any person, licensed dealer, licensed manufacturer or licensed importer who knowingly and intentionally obtains or furnishes information collected or maintained pursuant to section 6109 for any purpose other than compliance with this chapter or who knowingly or intentionally disseminates, publishes or otherwise makes available such information to any person other than the subject of the information commits a felony of the third degree.

Even if the courts say that doesn't apply where does the law authorize references? Where does the law authorize the sheriff to impose requirements upon references? Under which section of 18 Pa.C.S. § 6109 (e)(1) does the sheriff possess "good cause" to deny a license if references are not offered or do not call in or respond to calls from the sheriff?

The State Police have no legal authority to demand references, the sheriffs have no legal authority to add extra reference requirements, and there is no existence of "good cause" to deny a license if an individual does not comply with the onerous requirements the law never mandates or authorizes.

The questions are not necessarily meant for you to answer OP, just meant to remind county residents that they have a petty tyrant making up the rules for them that aren't found in Pennsylvania statute.
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IronSight;76030 Wrote:The questions are not necessarily meant for you to answer OP, just meant to remind county residents that they have a petty tyrant making up the rules for them that aren't found in Pennsylvania statute.

No worries I didn't take it as pointed at me, I agree with everything you have said. I was actually surprised to learn this as I was under the impression that Columbia County was a walk in/walk out 15 minute process but I must have confused it with Carbon County. I sent out a few emails to people I know in the county and read up on experiences posted on POOFA and all of the stories coincided.
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Well, FWIW - My experience (April 24th, 2012) was very pleasant - everyone was very polite.

1. Downloaded application from County Sheriff Office website.

2. Filled it out and dropped it off at County Sheriff Office (can't mail) with $20 (cash - will only accept cash or check).
  • A. Deputy looked it over.
    B. Told me to have both references call the office (provided phone number).
    C. Said it could take up to 45 days but check back in a week.
3. I contacted my "references" and they called the same day.

4. I called the Sheriff 7 days later - application approved - come pick it up.

5. Arrived at Sheriff Office
  • A. Signed (electronic signature pad)
    B. Took my picture
    C. Handed me my LTCF
6. Start to finish: 7 days

IronSight - thank you for pointing out what can and can't be done. However, I don't have the time, funds or desire to go to battle over providing references. Thank God we have member's (like you) that are willing to fight for all of us.
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I had the opportunity to work with several Columbia County Sheriff deputies today as part of a handgun training class put on by the club I belong to. I struck up a casual conversation about the average turnaround time and it was reported to still be at a 1 week average. I'm sorry to say I did not even think to mention the thing with the references until after I got home and pulled up this thread.
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