State Concealed Permits Relatively Easy To Get
KHQ.COM - Just days after 34-year-old Jeremy Groom died from an officer-involved shooting, questions surface about securing a concealed weapons permit. Friends say Groom was licensed to carry concealed handguns and that his gun was never in the bar, but in his car Saturday night.
According to the Spokane Sheriff's Department, it's a pretty easy process to obtain a permit in Washington when compared to other states. A local firearms class instructor, credits this in part to an "arms friendly constitution." In Spokane County, the busiest time of year for permit requests is typically in January and February. Officials don't have a specific reason for the spike but said overall permit increases could be due to the economy and greater availability of firearms.
Basic requirements to obtain a permit include: at least 21-years-old, pay a fee around $55 and be fingerprinted for an extensive background check. The entire process takes approximately 30 days.
Officials say there are automatic disqualifications; such as being found guilty of domestic violence, having an outstanding warrant, being convicted of a felony or being found not guilty of a felony by reason of insanity.
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