TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana State Police say that citizens are seeing delays in the process of getting a lifetime firearm permit.
Legislation went into effect on July 1st allowing for free lifetime permits.
“On July 1st, we received over 7,500 applications. The last time that an audit was done on July 6th, we’re down to 2,500. It’s still a large amount of people applying for it,” says Sgt. Matt Ames, ISP Public Information Officer.
The ISP website has a disclaimer at the top of the page to warn people that they could potential see a delay.
Sgt. Ames suggests that the process goes through different levels of law enforcement could be a reason for delays. The Sheriff’s department and local municipal governments are all involved in the issuing of licenses.
Gun sales have seen record high sales since the start of the COVID pandemic. This new legislation brings on a challenge that arms dealers are ready for.
“Knowing that this was coming for the state of Indiana, I would say most dealers were trying to do their best to stock up on handguns knowing that there would probably be surge on handgun sales,” says Steve Ellis, CEO of Top Guns.
With the influx of new gun owners, Ellis believes that people could potentially slip through the cracks when it comes to gun safety.
“Sometimes new shooters won’t always go and seek out professional training. They might have a family member or a friend train them as opposed to going and getting professional training,” says Ellis.
There is no timetable for when to expect the process to return to normal.