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Weapons permit system for state breaks down temporarily

The statewide system used to process weapons permits again was inoperable for an undetermined amount of time on Friday.

Allegheny County Sheriff William P. Mullen said the system was down throughout the state, but he did not know what caused the outage.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania State Police, the agency in charge of the system, did not return calls.

A sign on the door to the weapons permit office at the Allegheny County Courthouse informed visitors that the system was down and encouraged people to wait or come back later.

Mullen said his office processes about 80 permits each day, but the number has been higher since the shooting last Friday at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

“Both with the online service and with the phone calls we get, it’s like a panic out there,” Mullen said.


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