Bill Would Help Deal With Rising Permit Requests - WSPA.com

Bill Would Help Deal With Rising Permit Requests

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is being swamped by applications for concealed weapon permits.

A House panel advanced Wednesday a bill that raises the $50 application fee to $75 to help the agency deal with the increased volume. It also allows gun owners to apply online, speeding up the process. SLED hopes to have an automated system in place within six months.

According to SLED's statistics, the agency approved nearly 42,600 new permits in 2012. That's almost 18,000 more new permits when compared to the previous year.

SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson says the agency is also considering creating a second shift of workers just to process the applications. The bill updating the 17-year-old law would not change the requirement that SLED issue a permit or denial within 90 days.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Emergency Crews At The Scene Of A Deadly Wreck Involving a Deputy

    Emergency Crews At The Scene Of A Deadly Wreck Involving a Deputy

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:11:19 GMT
    Emergency crews on the scene of wreck involving a SC Trooper.Emergency crews on the scene of wreck involving a SC Trooper.
    Emergency crews are on the scene of wreck in Greenville County.It happened near Augusta road and old Augusta road near 185.The call came in at 5:36 Thursday morning.We're told a Highway Patrol Trooper was involved. Details are limited at this time/
    Emergency crews are on the scene of wreck in Greenville County.It happened near Augusta road and old Augusta road near 185.The call came in at 5:36 Thursday morning.We're told a Highway Patrol Trooper was involved. Details are limited at this time/
  • Flames Damage Home On Jackson Street In Anderson Co.

    Flames Damage Home On Jackson Street In Anderson Co.

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:52:08 GMT
    Firefighters were called toa home in Anderson County for a structure fire.Crews from the Centerville department responded to a house on Jackson Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.Most of the damage appeared to be contained to the inside the home.So far, there is noword on how it started.
    Firefighters were called toa home in Anderson County for a structure fire.Crews from the Centerville department responded to a house on Jackson Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.Most of the damage appeared to be contained to the inside the home.So far, there is noword on how it started.
  • Shot Fired In Armed Robbery Of Greenville Gas Station

    Shot Fired In Armed Robbery Of Greenville Gas Station

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:17:32 GMT
    Deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Lil' Cricket on White Horse Road in Greenville Wednesday.
    Deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Lil' Cricket on White Horse Road in Greenville Wednesday.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.