Gun owners and gun attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Wayne County, Michigan. They claim that it takes too long for officials to process and issue licenses for concealed carry pistols.
According to FOX News, many plaintiffs claim to have taken and passed the correct classes in order to be allowed to carry undercover. But even after submitting the correct records to the clerk’s office in Wayne County, they faced months of delays and long waits.
Attorney Terry Johnson, who represents the plaintiffs, said it was nonsensical for the county to follow normal turnaround times for any type of document except for the hidden transportation permits.
“How can you process birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates, but in the place where you are – the county clerk – you can’t process a hidden gun license like you can in any other county?” Johnson asked FOX2.
An undercover applicant identified by FOX as Kristal Hunt said she had to call the district clerk’s office for an earlier appointment.
“I’d rather wait three months than nine,” said Hunt.
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Johnson stated that the long wait seems unique in Michigan’s counties – even in the Metro Detroit area.
Neighboring counties like Oakland and Macomb reportedly processed applications much faster and often issued licenses within a month.
But Wayne County – the home of Detroit, Michigan’s most populous city – appears to operate on a much longer timeline.
“Either they don’t want it,” said Johnson, “or they just don’t care.”
“If you have counties like Oakland, Macomb that you can be in two or three weeks – the worst I heard in those places was literally four weeks. That’s a month. So when someone says, “I went from 11 to five months,” that’s five times worse than anyone else in the subway, “added Johnson.
However, Wayne County Administrator Cathy Garrett gave FOX2 a simple explanation: your officer is understaffed and under-staffed.
In addition, Garett said in a statement, Wayne County has far more covert transfer claimants than most other Michigan jurisdictions. Garrett said that once the staff shortage in her office is resolved, the process will move much faster.
Garrett’s office later issued a statement on the matter, saying:
“To reduce waiting times for appointments, the Wayne County Clerk office implemented the temporary maintenance schedule for evenings and Saturdays for the months of March and April. New desktop fingerprint machines have been successfully installed and have made applications more efficient. However, the main problems remain limited staff and office space. As soon as we have additional staff and more office space, we can take on more customers. “
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