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  1. #1
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    Smile My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    I was completely stunned when I walked into the Birdsboro borough hall around 3pm today to find a lone sheriff sitting at a table in-front of his equipment and nobody else in the room.

    He asked for my paperwork, DL and the 20$ required by the state. I handed him a 20 and he told me to sit down infront of the camera.

    After a few minutes of typing he took my photo, had me sign my name for the license and gave me back my DL.

    Total elapsed time was less than 10 minutes.


    So what you say? Thats the norm in berks right?

    Well coming from Philly originally I was somewhat expecting it to be east...but damn not that easy.

    The best part is I didnt have to goto Reading...just a short drive into Birdsboro.

    I didnt have to take a day off to go down into the city since their gun-permit unit is only open from 8:30 to 1pm.

    I didnt have to sit in a room with a dozen people waiting to be processed (sometimes you even had to stand).

    I didnt have to get a passport photo.

    I didnt have to pay with a money order.

    I didnt need to be finger printed.

    I didnt need to bring a copy of my discharge papers (DD-214)

    I didnt need another proof of residency other than my DL.

    I didnt even have to surrender my old permit....even though I asked if he wanted it.

    I wont have to wait for a card to come in the mail so I can take another day off to go down and get the license.


    The only thing that struck me as odd is that its being mailed to me...but I didnt see any equipment there for printing the licenses out...so thats no big deal. is that normal in Berks?


    I just wanted to share my new and unexpected experience. People may laugh but ff you havent endured Phillys archaic system then you are lucky.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    If you would have gone to the court house it would have taken a few minutes more. You would have left with your new LTCF. This is normal in Berks county. Welcome to the area. Do you have an outdoor range you shoot at yet?
    Proud to be an A.P.D.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Quote Originally Posted by Daycrawler View Post
    If you would have gone to the court house it would have taken a few minutes more. You would have left with your new LTCF. This is normal in Berks county. Welcome to the area. Do you have an outdoor range you shoot at yet?
    Thanks.

    We moved here back in 2016 but the LTCF was finally up. I honestly havent look for any outdoor ranges....I think the closest one to me is Pineforge?

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    This is normal. Sheriff Weaknecht is staunchly 2A. If you go the the Sheriff's substation at the Reading Airport, you can also get your LTCF immediately.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Quote Originally Posted by esh21167 View Post
    This is normal. Sheriff Weaknecht is staunchly 2A. If you go the the Sheriff's substation at the Reading Airport, you can also get your LTCF immediately.
    The website had CLOSED under the substation...dont know if thats an error or not.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    I used to live in Berks (where I grew up). It pisses me off every time I have to deal with the Montco sheriff's office, they refuse to do same day processing and do not feel it appropriate to expand to alternate locations to handle the demand.

    Also, the additional local police check form for additional cost or wait a full 45 days...

    At least it's not Philadelphia.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak View Post
    Thanks.

    We moved here back in 2016 but the LTCF was finally up. I honestly havent look for any outdoor ranges....I think the closest one to me is Pineforge?
    Check out university rifle club. They are in Exeter. If you want more info let me know.
    Proud to be an A.P.D.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Quote Originally Posted by Daycrawler View Post
    Check out university rifle club. They are in Exeter. If you want more info let me know.
    Found the website online and checking it out. Thanks!

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak View Post
    The website had CLOSED under the substation...dont know if thats an error or not.
    It's closed the third week of each month because they go to the remote locations.

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    Default Re: My 1st taste of getting my LTCF in Berks

    Yep, Airport is quick and easy.

    Try Lebanon Valley Sportsmens if you are West of 222 and Muhlenburg Area Shooters or Mohnton if you are East of it.
    Gunowner99 - NRA Benefactor Life Member

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