I know this forum is about open carry, but I also know that many of you have CHP's as well and though that my story may interest you.
I filled out and turned in my application on 6/5/08, I was told that I'd have to take my application to the Petersburg police headquarters and be fingerprinted. I did so, was charged $35 for the fingerprinting, and they said they'd be handing the application over to the clerk to handle from there. I called the clerks office on friday, the 18th of july to check on the status of my application, and was told that they hadn't gotten it back yet. I informed the woman on the phone that by state law t
hey only had 45 days to process the application or they'd have to issue a temporary permit and that Sunday, the 20th would be the 45th day and I'd be up there today to pick up my permit. She told me that sometimes it just takes longer and I'd have to wait, and that a copy of the application would not serve as a permit.
This morning July 21st, I went to the clerks office (the clerk himself is not in until noon today). The woman at the counter informed me that they'd gotten my paperwork back from state police Friday afternoon and that I could go ahead and pay for my permit, which I did ($15). Then I was informed that they would not be issuing me a permit yet, as they had just received my paperwork (46 days now after I turned it in), and that today starts THEIR 45 day period in which to approve or deny my application. She also said that they'd changed the way they handle things because they'd had to issue too many temporary permits in the past.
If this is the way they handle things it sets up a situation where they can effectively deny all permits by simply having the police department sit on the applications indefinately. I also find it hard to believe that this is the first time they've seen my application since the police station is less than a block from the clerks office.
So what recourse do I have at this point? are they really able to effectively stretch the process period indefinately?