Clarifying Governor’s Executive Order on GWL Grace Period

We have received numerous questions on the extension of the grace period for renewals on GWL’s and the Executive Order extending that grace period. After a call to the Governor’s Office, we have a definitive answer.

Here is the portion of the Governor’s Original EO 05.08.20.01 (Issued on May 8, 2020) that pertains to the renewal of your GWL.

IT IS ORDERED
That the requirement under Code Section 16-11-129 that renewals of weapons carry licenses and renewal licenses must be applied for within thirty (30) days after the expiration of such licenses, is hereby suspended for weapons carry licenses and renewal licenses which expire between February 13, 2020 and June 12, 2020

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED
That applications for renewals of such weapons carry licenses and renewal licenses shall be considered to be for a renewal license if the holder of such weapons carry license or renewal license applies within 120 days after the expiration date on the face of license, and that if the Public Health State of Emergency is extended, then this provision shall apply to any weapons carry license or renewal license that expires during the Public Health State of Emergency

On 06/29/2020, the Public Health State of Emergency was renewed via EC 06.29.20.01. Here is the portion of that EC that pertains to the renewal of your GWL.

IT IS ORDERED
That the Public Health State of Emergency declared by Executive Order 03.14.20,01 and renewed by Executive Orders 04.08.20.02, 04-30.20.01, and 05.28.20.01 which is set to expire on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., shall be renewed for thirty (30) days.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED
That the Public Health State of Emergency shall terminate on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 11:59 P.M., unless it is renewed by the Governor.

Therefore, if your license expires or expired between February 13, 2020 and on or before August 11, you have 120 days from the expiration date on your GWL to renew your license. If your license expires on August 12, and the Public Health State of Emergency is not extended, you have the normal 30-day renewal grace period from the expiration date on your GWL.

Please note that the grace period starts from the expiration date on your GWL.

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