PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office is shutting down its gun permit office for two weeks.

The sheriff’s department’s gun permit office will close for 14 days, starting Monday, after receiving a tip that someone with coronavirus symptoms was headed to the gun permitting office.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller says at least 200 new gun permits were issued Monday. People told her they wanted to be able to protect themselves.

“A lot of my friends already have it, so I kind of felt like I should get it too,” said one person. “And just to have added protection because it’s so uncertain what’s going on right now.”

“Unfortunately people have fear of the unknown, so getting a gun might be a good thing,” said another. “I don’t think it’s going to fall into lawlessness.”

As of Monday at noon, Allegheny County officials said they have six cases of coronavirus.

The sheriff’s office is also working to get infrared heat thermometers, so the county sheriff deputies can take the temperatures of anyone they come in contact with — including the inmates that they escort in and out of the jail.

Meghan Schiller