(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The requests for gun permits may be at an all-time high in Indiana, but not all the Hoosiers applying really need a permit.
The recent push for tighter federal gun laws by the White House have led to a national surge in gun buying. That trend is evidenced in the 4,000 permit requests Indiana State Police have been receiving each week. By comparison, that is triple the number of permits seen this time last year.
The flood of permits isn’t just more work for the state police, who process online gun permits. The applications are sent to local police agencies for inspection, fingerprinting, and background checks.
Each permit request must be reviewed then approved or rejected by the local police chief or county sheriff.
The high volume of applications has created a backlog of unprocessed permits and longer waits for permit approvals. It is now taking up to 15 weeks to get each permit processed, said State Police Capt. Dave Bursten.
Much of the backlog is credited to the public confusion about Indiana’s gun laws. Most people submitting for the permits actually do not need them. State law only requires a permit if a gun owner intends to carry a handgun on their person or in their vehicle – not for rifles or handguns kept at home.
More information on gun permits in Indiana is available at the Indiana State Police website, http://www.in.gov/isp/2828.htm.