By Gregory B. Hladky
3:04 p.m. EDT, August 10, 2011
According to Connecticut law, if state cops deny you a permit to carry a handgun, you can appeal to the state Board of Firearms Examiners and you’re supposed to get a hearing within three months. Except that ain’t happening.
The state Auditors of Public Accounts have found it could take you more than 10 months for your handgun appeal to finally be heard because of a sucking big backlog at the firearms board.
“We noted that the backlog of cases as of June 30, 2010 was 284,” state Auditors John C. Geragosian and Robert M. Ward wrote in their latest audit report.
And that’s a considerable improvement, the auditors found. The board dramatically increased the number of hearings it conducts (from an average of 11 per hear to 18 hearings in 2009-10, thus cutting the backlog down from more than 400 cases in August of 2008 and reducing the wait for a hearing from a high of 16 months to about a month-and-a-half last year.
Board officials say they agree with the finding and “is diligently working to reduce the backlog.”
Of course, there are anti-gun types who’d say the more delay the better when it comes to issuing handgun permits. The problem is these delays happen to be violating state law.