Concealed carry applications pile up as gun owners wait to be approved

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Some gun owners are waiting weeks to get concealed and carry permits. Record numbers of people are buying guns, after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino and that is having an impact.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says the number of applications for concealed carry permits has nearly doubled. His office processed 391 applications in January 2015… and 578 concealed carry applications last month.

“I think it’s a perfect storm,” Sheriff Phil Plummer said. “It’s people. They’re seeing the terrorist activity increasing. Violent crimes in the streets are increasing because of the heroin situation we’re all facing and then you got the political speak. One party wants total gun control. The other party does not.”

Black Friday 2015 was the single biggest gun purchasing day ever…with more than 185-thousand background checks conducted. The overflow of applicants can lead to a bit of a back log.

Sheriff Plummer explains, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office currently has two full-time employees who do the background checks for concealed carry permits. But one is on vacation. So a lot of gun owners are waiting.

“Right now, we’re currently about 4 weeks behind,” Plummer said. “Our goal here is to turn your permit around in 24 hours and typically we do. But if you get one of the ladiest off and you get a made rush then you get behind and it takes a while to get caught up so I’ve allowed them to work over-time and they’re getting caught up.”

For Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, he says they don’t quite have enough resources to meet as quick of a turn around time as 24 hours.

“We’ve not been able to get it down to 1 or 2 day turn around,” Fischer said. “We are within 14 or 15 days generally for post of the gun permits that come in.”

And when more applications are coming in rather than going out. It can cause some residents to go elsewhere as opposed to their home county. Meaning, one county may lose out to another county on those permit fees.

“If somebody really wants it in a day then they may drive to Dayton and pay the meters in Dayton and go that route,” Fischer said. “We really don’t pay too much attention to that. We get Montgomery County residents here. We get Clark County residents here.”

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