I was reading on the county clerk website (and have since emailed them), and it says simply to pick up an application from the office and schedule an appointment to submit it. I was always under the impression that you had to buy a gun, and keep it on hold at the dealer until your application was approved and that gun was added directly to the permit. Is it possible that I can apply for the permit without being in the process of purchasing. The reason I asked is because given the turnaround time for obtaining a permit, I want to submit it asap. But I probably will not purchase a gun for a couple months.