SACRAMENTO, CA - Processing of concealed weapons permit applications have hit a standstill Sacramento County due to a massive backlog.
The announcement on the Sacramento County Sheriff's website on Wednesday said the calendar for applications is booked through the end of 2012 and applications for 2013 are not yet being accepted.
Deputy Jason Ramos said the pace of new applications at 40 to 50 per week has created a backlog of some 2,000 people waiting for permits.
"We've got a certain degree of background investigation that we do and a vetting process to ensure that if we're gonna give somebody a permit to carry a concealed weapon, that we're giving it to the right people," Ramos said.
Gun owner and instructor Lee Schachterle said he understood the issue the sheriff is up against.
"He's just overwhelmed, because all of a sudden all this pent-up demand came forward and he doesn't have the people to do it or the money to add more people and he already tripled the number of people that he had doing this," Schachterle said.
According to Ramos, the Sheriff has not changed his philosophy on allowing CCW's.
"During the course of Sheriff Jone's campaign he was very outspoken about the fact that, provided you could show good cause and didn't have excluding factors that would preclude you from carrying a CCW, that you are gonna get one," Ramos said.
In 2011, 1,342 permits were issued, bringing the total for Sacramento County to 1,708 at last count two weeks ago.
Ramos said the new applications are being approved at a rate of better than 95 percent.
Schachterle said he still appreciates the sheriff's intentions.
"He's just overwhelmed, because all of a sudden all this pent-up demand came forward and he doesn't have the people to do it or the money to add more people and he already tripled his, the number of people that he had doing this," Schachterle said.