People are getting their CCWs and Metro is scheduling appointments online for fingerprints!
The asterisk represents some caveats. 1. The current wait for a permit is around 110 days. 2. Fingerprint appointments are way in the future. One person reported a date in June.
So while the online application and fingerprint appointment system is great, will this be the future for us once the COVID backlog is cleared? You apply and wait months until you get fingerprinted? The 120 day deadline (four months) becomes six months. Probably a great lawsuit over that, if there is no option to come in and get printed first-come, first-served (the method all of us are familiar with).
The COVID crisis is exposing the flaws of licensing a constitutional right (bearing arms in the manner you choose). First, sheriffs couldn't handle renewals or issuance. Then Metro stopped classes for a while. Now Metro might be creating an extra-legal delay by scheduling fingerprint appoints, which according to them, starts the clock on the 120 days.
Firearm carry licensing needs to be abolished, plain and simple. The state can still issue "good guy cards" so we can skip background checks when we fill out the Form 4473 at the gun store. The checks themselves is another issue...