RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Nevada have said the Washoe County sheriff's office announced plans to eliminate an enormous backlog of concealed carry weapons permit requests by July.
KOLO-TV reported that appointments are booked through March 2022. Sheriff Darin Balaam attributed the backlog to halted operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, a transition to new software and an increase in the number of people purchasing guns.
Authorities say there are more than 4,000 appointments booked, with 72% being new applicants.
The sheriff's office has said it will be implementing several changes to address the backlog, including keeping its office open for two additional days and reducing the duration of appointments.