It Takes Four Months for Denver Residents to Get Concealed-Carry Permits


Denver resident Tina Ries wants to get a concealed-carry permit for a gun to be able protect herself and her family. Having gone through all the required training, there is nothing left for Ries to do except have Denver police take fingerprints and process her paperwork. Which will happen in about four months, the Denver Post reports. The wait time is the longest it’s ever been, and the city’s policy of requiring petitioners to make appointments instead of accepting all-comers — like other large jurisdictions allow — is drawing intense criticism. Under the law, authorities have 90 days to process the application. But because of Denver’s process, the wait clock for the 90-day period doesn’t start until the appointment is conducted. That means someone applying for the permit today wouldn’t be seen until July, police said, and could possibly not get the results until October. Busy staff is the reason for the delay. “Everyone applied at the same time,” said police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez. “It really slowed down the process.”

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