On September 1st, a new law went into effect that is supposed to make it easier for people to get a Concealed Handgun License (CHL), but it hasn't been as easy as some people have expected it to be.
When a new applicant applies for a CHL, they are supposed to receive it within 60 days. But an increase in applicants is creating a backlog, delaying the whole process. "We had a sudden increase, a sudden influx. We've got a lot of those to get processed and then slowly catch up," Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Ray told us.
It's a backlog that has some applicants like James Owens, feeling frustrated. "They said within 6 weeks you should hear something. If not, go to the online website and look it up. Well, 8 weeks go by and nothing. I looked on the website and nothing," Owens said.
The DPS says they are doing their best to keep up with the demand, but a limited staff is adding to the challenge. "There are so many more people applying and we've got the full time employee cap so we are limited on the number of people we can hire," Trooper Ray said.
In the meantime, Owens will just have to keep waiting, until the DPS is all caught up with the influx in applications. "I don't know what to do, other than just sit back and wait. Hopefully it will show up before I celebrate a birthday," Owens said.
In many cases, Trooper Ray says applications are not fully filled out, which elongates the process for both the DPS and the applicant.
For more information on CHLs, you can view the link below: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/
Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10.