RALEIGH – Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker has already been sued over failing to honor laws (and the Second Amendment) regarding the timely processing of pistol purchase permit applications. And, even though citizens are still waiting weeks (and months) to receive their approved permit — the law is for the application to be awarded or denied within 14 days — Wake County reportedly awarded more than 5,100 pistol purchase permits in the last two weeks.
What’s more, applications are still skyrocketing. From CBS17:
“[…] At a news conference Friday, deputies said they expanding work hours and bringing in more staff to help process the applications.
“We are averaging about 16,000 more applications approved than we did in 2019. We are also about 16,000 more approved and out the door than in 2018,” said Wake County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Sefton.
Sefton said 5,111 permits were issued in just the last two weeks.
“That is just historic — is has never been done before,” Sefton said.
Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun rights group, filed the lawsuit early this month.
“Sheriff Baker knows the state specified 14 days for processing those permits and now it’s routinely taking two months,” Marc Erickson with Grass Roots North Carolina, said after filing the lawsuit.
The reason for the high levels of applications is not completely clear, but it does coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests that spiraled into violence across the country and in Wake County. […]”
A Pandemic Panic used to justify executive orders that strip people of their God-given rights; fomented BLM/Antifa riots sweeping the country as Mobs feel completely justified by their sense of Woke in destroying businesses, lighting homes on fire, and assaulting completely innocent people; and, record high numbers of people wanting to purchase a firearm in one of the most populous, most ‘Woke’ county in the state that has already experienced violent riots once this summer. Coincidence?! Yeah, right.
As the violence ratchets up even further in Wisconsin, on the back of another exploitable police shooting, we should only expect applications to continue rising at historic levels.
And as people that never thought they’d want or need a gun, not even for self-protection in their home, wait weeks or months to get a permit, maybe a good number of them will consider that this right to self-defense is not something law-abiding citizens should have to wait weeks or months to exercise.
Read more about the spike in purchase permits here.