If FBI record check results come back in 24 hours, why don't they send them out to the Issuing Authority IMMEDIATELY so the Temporary Permit can be issued or denied in the one week time period mandated by law?
The State Record's check could be completed electronically with a name search at the time the Five Year State Permit is requested at Headquarters.
Here is what the Commissioner told us last year.
Mr. Richard Burgess
Mr. Don Mei
Mr. Edward Peruta
Connecticut Carry, Inc.
229 Branford Road, Unit 423
North Branford, CT 06471
March 5, 2012
Dear Messrs Burgess, Mei and Peruta,
I am writing in response to your recent correspondence regarding your concerns over the delay in the processing of state pistol permit applications.
I have personally reviewed the issues raised in your letter with staff from our Special Licensing and Firearms Unit. The delay is due in large part to backlogs in the processing of a fingerprint supported background checks. The agency has in recent years experienced a significant increase in the number of background checks we are required to do by state statute. At the same time, our budget limitations and reduced staffing have placed the State Police Bureau of Identification in a situation where they have more work and less people to do the work. It is not surprising that the agency is currently experiencing backlogs and a less than optimal turnaround of requests. That said, let me advise you, as I did the leadership of SLFU that we simply must find ways to address backlogs that affect people's availability for employment and basic rights such as those you address in your letter.
There is not any simple solution. When fingerprints are processed through the Automated Fingerprint Information System (AFIS), the process is not complete, as the application must also be checked against Connecticut Criminal History, which is not an automated system. This is not a step that can be merely 'skipped' as your letter suggests as information is extracted from the state check that does not automatically come back from the FBI with the AFIS check.
We are cognizant of the specific statutory timelines in place with respect to the processing of pistol permits and are making every effort to comply. We are currently taking proactive steps to realign our business practices, implement technological improvements and redirect staff so as to recognize efficiencies. It is our hope that these actions will expedite the process in an effort to compensate for the large volume of requests. Let me assure you that our staff is not "sitting on applications." In fact, fingerprint checks for pistol permits are being prioritized.
Please understand that the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection strives to provide responsive and efficient service to all citizens. I ask for your patience and understanding with respect to this matter as we make every effort to address all backlogs.
Thank you for bringing the matter to my attention and affording me the opportunity to respond.
Reuben F. Bradford