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    Concealed Carry Permit

    Hello everyone I just had a quick question, for all of you who have a concealed weapons permit in CO. I am just curious how long did it take to actually get the permit after you applied for it? Would your job affect it at all? Also just for reference, mine is thru El Paso County. If somebody has asked this question before I apologize for posting again, I did look thru the forums but found nothing. Thanks for your help in advance!

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    El Paso County is one of the most gun-friendly counties in the state, if there is any delay whatsoever, it's with CBI, not the Sheriff.. I got my permit back in 2008 and it took only 3 weeks. The sheriff sends a letter with it thanking you for taking steps to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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    I got mine through El Paso and it took the full 10 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfmiller08 View Post
    Hello everyone I just had a quick question, for all of you who have a concealed weapons permit in CO.
    I like to be specific to people's answers, as I consider it to be the courteous thing to do, so...

    First, yes, I have a CHP (we call it a "concealed handgun permit" here, not a CWP).

    I am just curious how long did it take to actually get the permit after you applied for it?
    As I recall, they have 90 days to comply, and I received mine in about 75-80s days, two days after I'd called their office asking the nature of the delay.

    Would your job affect it at all?
    Not unless one's "job" involved criminal activity. I know people from the military, information technology, a university professor, former ranch foreman turned full-time writer, executive businessman, a pastor... None had any problems. Why? What's your job?

    Also just for reference, mine is thru El Paso County
    Same.

    If somebody has asked this question before I apologize for posting again, I did look thru the forums but found nothing. Thanks for your help in advance!
    No worries. By law, it can take up to 90 days. If you don't hear from them by 75 days, give them a very polite, non-demanding call. If you don't have it by 85 days, stop by for an office visit, dressed in your most professional, conservative attire, and again, be very polite and non-demanding while you inquire as to what the delay might be? If you're in their office beyond the 90-day point, I'd simply say something like, "well, I'm allowed to have something in writing one way or the other by 90 days, and I do not understand why I've not received any communication from your office one way or the other. Tell you what - I have some time available this morning, so I'll just sit here and read until you finish one way or the other."

    Then, pull out a book and read. Sit there, making eye contact often. Don't stop reading, but after half an hour, say, "Excuse me, please, but I've been waiting half an hour; Have you finished the letter, yet?"

    If the answer's "no," then say, "Oh. Well, then, I suppose an appeal is in order" and get up to leave. Instead, go to the restroom. Return after a few minutes and resume reading. You could ask to speak to the sheriff himself, but it wouldn't do you much good, as all he does is sign the documentation once all the substantiating documentation is in, including the recomendations from his personnel who actually run the program.

    What you're doing with this is garnering evidence you complied with the fullest extent of the law while they're office did NOT. You were patient. You can them the full 90 days, as well as at least an hour after your post-90-day-window to find any missing files or information they may have misplaced. All of which will play well into your favor should you ever find yourself filing an appeal.

    If you haven't been helped after an hour, they're not going to, as it only takes 15 minutes to form-print the letter, the CHP, put your information into the system, and hand it to you.

    If that helps, leave after an hour. You might write the sheriff a letter that day, then file your appeal three days later. That's just the way the system works, and it works well, almost always before the 90-day limit, especially here in El Paso County.

    When it doesn't, it boils down to one of three things:

    A. Clerical error.

    B. Sheriff's "perogative." The problem is, Colorado is a "shall issue" state, so unless your background meets one of the criterion for refusal, they "shall issue" you a CHP. Again, another example of clerical error, just at a higher level.

    C. There actually is something in your background which meets the C.R.S. justifications for denial. However, you still should have received a letter of denial, as well as the reasons stated therein, before 90 days! So, they may have right in denying you a CHP, but their delay still boiled down to "clerical error."

    I could REALLY get into the nit and gritty of logical and semantic analysis, but at this stage, we'll call the issue exhaustively analyzed so far as most are concerned.

    Although you're also an El Paso Co. resident, this applies for the entire Colorado section, so if you see similar posts, please ask the moderators/admins to MERGE THREADS. That function takes 30 seconds, and remains the SIMPLEST and most efficient means of preventing unnecessary thread duplication in vBulletin. Failure of a mod or admin to spend that 30 seconds often means hours of additional time spent by users rehashing stuff that's already been hashed to bits.

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    Back to your OP, yes, if I knew where the earlier threads were, I'd link to them!
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    2 weeks back in '06 from El Paso County. With the nice letter from Terry Maketa who is still Sheriff and I wish would run for higher office in '12.

    First CCW I got was back in '83 in NH. Took 45 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post


    Not unless one's "job" involved criminal activity. I know people from the military, information technology, a university professor, former ranch foreman turned full-time writer, executive businessman, a pastor... None had any problems. Why? What's your job?


    My apologies, what I meant by that, is could one's job speed up the process any. I am a Military Policeman and have had a few background checks done lately and didn't know if having that background could speed the process up at all. I do appreciate everyone's help. I'm just a bit anxious to get it as i'm sure you all are/were when you applied for yours. But again thank you for everyone's answers. It has been very informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfmiller08 View Post
    My apologies, what I meant by that, is could one's job speed up the process any. I am a Military Policeman and have had a few background checks done lately and didn't know if having that background could speed the process up at all. I do appreciate everyone's help. I'm just a bit anxious to get it as i'm sure you all are/were when you applied for yours. But again thank you for everyone's answers. It has been very informative.
    My experience is that a job will not speed things up unless the job in question is LEO for the office of issuance.
    What will speed things up is not having a background to check. By that I mean my former fiance got her permit from Denver in under three weeks but she had only ever gotten one speeding ticket in her life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
    My experience is that a job will not speed things up unless the job in question is LEO for the office of issuance.
    What will speed things up is not having a background to check. By that I mean my former fiance got her permit from Denver in under three weeks but she had only ever gotten one speeding ticket in her life.

    Well now its sounding like mine might take a while lol. As I've lived in several different places in the past few years, including another country. I'm assuming that might make it take a longer even though it was not on my own accord, as my father was in the military as well and we moved around quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PikesPeakMtnMan View Post
    El Paso County is one of the most gun-friendly counties in the state, if there is any delay whatsoever, it's with CBI, not the Sheriff.. I got my permit back in 2008 and it took only 3 weeks. The sheriff sends a letter with it thanking you for taking steps to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones.
    I'm wondering why the reply I typed out to your good post the other day is absent.
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    Elbert county took just over a month for mine.

    I don't see why your job would slow the process down.
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    90 Days

    Took me the full 90 days in Boulder but it might have been that they overlooked the paperwork because once I called about 80 days into the wait they were very friendly and I had no problems.

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