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Handgun License Applications Jump in Indiana

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Indiana State Police have dedicated additional staff to address the jump in handgun license applications – a sharp increase the agency believes is due to the number of shootings across the country, coupled with national debate over more restrictive gun laws. Historically, applications averaged around 5,200 per month, but increased dramatically toward the end of 2012, and this past January alone more than 23,000 requests were submitted to the state police. The level of demand has gone down somewhat, falling to just over 6,500 new license requests in June. However, the overall rise has led to a substantial backlog in applications, nearly doubling processing time to more than 110 days.
Barring unforeseen circumstances Indiana State Police say the backlog should be eliminated within eight to ten weeks of July 1st. New license applications received after mid September 2013 are expected to be processed within the required 60 day timeframe.
Police say to eliminate the backlog, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter ordered a thorough evaluation of the procedures involved to issue a license to carry a handgun. Based on this comprehensive review, processes are being streamlined and additional personnel have been added to process some 45,000 pending applications.
Indiana State Police say during the seven months from December of 2012 through June of this year, they received nearly 92-thousand [[91,940]] applications.  For all of 2012 there were 62,934 applications received and processed, which resulted in the issuance of 60,906 new handgun licenses.
Additional information from Indiana State Police:
Factors that add to increased processing time:
• Applications that are incomplete
• Submission of hand rolled or scanned fingerprints instead of electronic fingerprints
• Incomplete Criminal History information that has to be confirmed
• Common names with Criminal History information that must to be verified

Applications for License to Carry a Handgun received, by month, from December 2012 to June of 2013:
• Dec 2012: 13,954
• Jan 2013: 23,079
• Feb 2013: 15,945
• Mar 2013: 12,204
• Apr 2013: 11,397
• May 2013: 8,848
• Jun 2013: *6,513
• Seven Month Total: 91,940

* June number not final, subject to change

Issued Licenses to Carry a Handgun from 2009 to 2012
• 2009: 98,639
• 2010: 79,027
• 2011: 61,595
• 2012: 60,906

At the beginning of July 2013 there were 493,205 active licenses to carry a handgun, of which 392,520 were issued to men and 100,685 were issued to women.
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