Scores of Utah concealed weapon permit holders were able to carry their guns for months after they should have had their licenses suspended or revoked for crimes ranging from unspecified felonies to drunken driving, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The problem wasn’t fixed until the second half of 2007 when the state hired four additional investigators. Those new staffers helped clear a huge backlog of shelved enforcement actions. The result was a dramatic spike in revocations and suspensions of concealed-carry permits. They jumped from 167 in 2006 to 568 in 2007.
“It’s a shame that we couldn’t monitor people with permits more carefully,” said Steve Gunn of the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. Utah’s is one of the most popular weapon permits nationwide, and Gunn believes rapidly increasing applications from around the nation made the problem worse. “My suspicion is that because we were providing this service for nonresidents, we were harming our own residents in the process because the state was not properly monitoring those with permits,” he said.