The Indiana State Police is struggling with a major backlog of gun permit requests since the Sandy Hook shooting, leaving many Hoosiers waiting for months to get their permits.
At the Indy Trading Post on the city’s south side, owner Brian Ludlow has seen a lot of new customers since the beginning of the year and lately, some have expressed frustration that they’re still waiting for their permit to carry.
“At one point we’re hearing about four months, now I think we’re hearing up to six months,” said Ludlow.
Indiana State Police Captain Dave Bursten told Fox59 the reason for the long wait is the spike in the demand for gun permits right after the shooting tragedy.
“There was an explosion of people applying for gun permits at the end of December and into January,” Bursten said.
The average number of permit requests a month in Indiana is about 4,000. However, in January ISP got a whopping 23,000 applications.
That number is slowly decreasing, but not fast enough. In May, around 9,000 applied for a permit to carry. Bursten said there’s nothing the agency can do to speed things up without using more tax dollars to hire more employees.
“We’ve only got a limited amount of personnel that have to check all 23,000 of those, because the last thing we want to do is issue a gun permit to somebody that has a felony or criminal history,” said Bursten.
His advice for anyone interested in getting a permit: apply online. He said it will dramatically expedite the process.