HOT NEWS STORY - maybe this controversey will help us kill fingerprinting
Story omits the fact that only 26% of localities actual exercise their optional authority to fingerprint - not even Richmond, Fairfax County, or VA Beach fingerprint.
Gun rights group leaders to decry permit delays
BY SETH FREEDLAND
September 12, 2006
NEWPORT NEWS -- Leaders from one of Virginia's largest gun rights groups plan to attend tonight's City Council meeting to condemn what they see as delays with concealed handgun permits in Newport News.
Virginia law allows a maximum waiting period of 45 days after a person has applied for a gun. Some permits are issued as much as 30 days later than that, according to the Northern Virginia-based Virginia Citizens Defense League.
At issue is a 2004 attorney general's opinion that makes applicants' paperwork incomplete without fingerprinting.
The delays in Newport News aren't coming from those seeking guns but from the Newport News Police Department, which oversees fingerprinting, according to league President Philip Van Cleave, who wrote to city officials.
League officials have heard that police have told gun applicants that the department lacks funding for someone to do the fingerprinting.
The problem could be eased if the city accepted fingerprint cards from other police departments, Van Cleave said. The city has no law against that, said Len Ringler, an assistant city attorney.
Is it just me, or does the term " guns" constantly get misused in the article? The writer makes it a little confusing, when he is talking about CHP's, and keeps referring people having to wiat longer periods to get Guns.
Sorry I wanted to be there , but had to work.