Overload on Gun Permit Requests Prompts Appeal for Hired Help

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County supervisors are set to decide this week on a request to temporarily hire 15 retired sheriff’s employees to handle an overwhelming number of concealed weapons permit applications.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased restrictions on the permits in light of a recent federal court ruling.

Officials are expecting a backlog of 600 or more applications, which they say would take an entire year to process with their current staff.

By bringing in the retirees, the permits would be processed in about three months, officials say.

However, the staff report doesn’t give an estimated cost for the hiring.

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