Concealed carry applicants turned away at Spokane courthouse

A number of people applying for concealed carry permits were told they would have to wait another day because there were too many background checks to process.

A line stretched down the hall of the Spokane County Public Safety Building Tuesday, filled with people applying for their concealed carry permit.

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According to sheriff’s deputies, the wait to apply for a permit was between two and three hours at times.

By 12:30 p.m. deputies had no choice but to turn people away because the forensics division would not have time to finish processing applications by the end of the day. The line was so long employees knew they wouldn’t have time to process anymore.

The office to apply for concealed carry permits is open Tuesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Deputies recommend anyone wanting to apply Wednesday should plan to get in line around 8:00 a.m.

In December, 941 new applications were processed. 

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