Indiana State Police are working to cut down on a massive backlog of people waiting to receive their state license to carry a handgun.
Currently, there are 45,000 applications waiting for approval. Some folks who applied for a license have been waiting for as much as four months.
Over the past seven months, the state has received nearly 92,000 applications. To put that in perspective, the yearly average is 64,000!
State police have added more staff to cut down on the backlog.
“we’ve brought on additional manpower to process those (applications). Our expectation barring any unforeseen circumstances (is that) by the middle of September, we should be back under control of this situation,” said Captain David Bursten. “We recognize this has been an inconvenience for people not to be able to get the license in the period of time they’re expecting and we are working diligently to get that number down.”
State police run background checks on everyone who applies for a carry license.
It is illegal for those with a felony to own or carry a handgun in Indiana.
The cost of a four-year license is $40. A lifetime license is $125.
Individuals are not required to have a license to own a handgun, but a license is required if you want to carry a handgun.