The USA Today reports that the Bluegrass State is now allowing persons applying for, or renewing, their Concealed Carry Deadly Weapon (CCDW) Licenses to complete all required forms online. “The process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application — down from the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications.” . . .
Supporters, including the National Rifle Association, say the change improves access to concealed-carry permits at a time when demand is high. Kentucky issued more than 59,500 permits in 2013, compared with 10,900 in 2004.
“If we can get these applications processed and back to people in two weeks, instead of two months, that is better for everyone,” said Sara Beth Gregory, a former Republican state senator and key proponent of the change.
The Kentucky State Police appear to have been handling the change well:
Officials said the transition has been smooth and that several hundred people have used it to apply for new permits or renew old permits. They reported no problems meeting the 15-day deadline or performing criminal background checks, which are required for licenses.
“We are able to adapt to any changes and have not experienced any unexpected issues,” Kentucky State Police Sgt. Norman Preston said…. “We are expecting to see a gradual increase (in use) after the general public has been made aware.”
Previously, residents of the Bluegrass State could only obtain a CCDW license by submitting a paper application to their county sheriff. It appears that the law enacting this change has not altered this older procedure, but the turnaround time for paper applications is 60 days versus the 15 days for the electronic applications. Of course, if one can apply for, and obtain a license in a quarter of the time, with no apparent additional fees, why wouldn’t you want to do that?