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Thread: Update on the Charlotte/Meck Sheriff's Office

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    Hey guys, I sent an email to the sheriff's office in Mecklenburg, just to get an idea of what the hold up was on permits, and I got this:

    "Thank you for your e-mail. I understand your inquiry and your question
    is valid. To say we have more business than usual is an understatement.
    Within the last year, our requests for purchase and concealed carry
    permits have skyrocketed. In FY08 we had 9,447 requests for purchase
    permits and for FY09, we project approximately 12,500 requests. With
    respect to concealed carry permits, in FY08 we received 1,908 permits
    and in FY09, we project to receive 2,745. I believe the last count I
    heard is that we are issuing almost 1000 purchase permits a month.

    We have ten staff members who handle all the gun permit requests, as
    well as register and monitor over 700 sex offenders in Mecklenburg
    County and perform all required employment fingerprint requests.
    Unfortunately, when the NC legislature passed legislation regarding gun
    permits, sex offender registration, and required employment
    fingerprints, they neglected to appropriate additional funds to counties
    to carry out these functions. And, as you probably know, Mecklenburg
    County does not have resources right now to provide additional staff for
    us at this time.

    The Sheriff supports the importance of gun ownership for citizens and he
    is working to do more to secure additional staff for this unit, but
    until the Mecklenburg County hiring freeze is lifted and the county
    budget gets a little better, we cannot proceed with our request for
    staff.

    It seems that everyone has the same idea right now regarding the
    purchase of firearms and that is what the problem is. I'm sorry for the
    inconvenience. If you have additional questions, you can contact the
    gun permit supervisor at 704-336-8731. Her name is Tamara Rhode. I
    hope this information is helpful in explaining our situation."


    I think it gives a good idea of what is going on, and I wanted it from the source, not from hearsay. Hope this helps someone out.


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    We have ten staff members who handle all the gun permit requests, as well as register and monitor over 700 sex offenders in Mecklenburg County and perform all required employment fingerprint requests. Unfortunately, when the NC legislature passed legislation regarding gun permits, sex offender registration, and required employment fingerprints, they neglected to appropriate additional funds to counties to carry out these functions.

    perhaps if the justice department would stop treating sex offenders as something that can be rehabilitated and start keeping them locked up permanently, the rights of those people that do obey the law wouldnt have to be put on hold...

    At least they dont make you stand in line for a permit under a sign that says "sex offender registration" like they tried over in Wilmington...

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