On the 12th, yesterday, the application came back. The check was uncashed. It also had a letter from the State Police.
"[Blah blah blah, stuff about the district court case that went against them. Blah blah blah, stuff about the temporary stay placed on the order a month later. Blah blah blah, the state is appealing...] You have recently submitted an application in which you have not provided any representation or evidence that you are a good or substantial [may issue clause, italics mine] reason to wear, carry or transport a handgun. Therefore, rather than procession your application and denying it on that basis, we are returning your application and fee to you. You have two options; you can resubmit your application and provide a good and substantial reason for your permit request and the State Police will process it as we have always done. Or you can decide that you will not apply for a permit at this time, but instead will wait for a ruling from the appellate court."
During the court case, the State said they approved over 97% of applications. The approval rate is high because no gunnie types have bothered knowing what would happen if they didn't have a good and substantial reason... denial. If they had denied the flood of apps that came in the past month that would hurt their numbers and thus part of their court case argument. Probably why they weren't tempted to take my money. Gura has already beaten them like a screen door in a hurricane, why ask for more punishment.
Now, what to do if Judge Legg lifts his temporary stay but before the case reaches the Fourth Circuit? I imagine the State will promptly ask the Fourth for another stay, thus going over Legg's head (heh!), and promptly put a stay of their own on the processing until they make their ruling a goodly time later. So trying to duck in that window will also be a waste of fingerprinting and passport photoing and mailing money. Unless the Circuit Court refuses to issue a stay of their own, in which case it will be off to the races again.
One last thing. They gave contact information should I have any questions that have not been addressed or if I need additional information: email email@example.com