Wait times for Detroit residents to submit Concealed Pistol License (CPL) applications seem to be stretching well into 2022 with Wayne County Commissioner Melissa Daub confirming herself that there is currently a 10 month wait time. In order for Detroit residents to submit an application, they must first make an appointment as opposed to merely dropping the application off.
Detroit Residents Experiencing Massive CPL Application Delays
I was a little surprised that I was getting calls again this past week and the week before, calls and emails from my constituents saying they still couldn’t get an appointment,” said Melissa Daub. “That the wait time was 10 months long. I went online this morning and I tried to book an appointment and the earliest I can get an appointment is January 17, 2022.”
“Clerk Garrett has expressed concerns about her department being short-staffed. That has been a long-term issue, and lack of office space
While a lack of staffing and office space is a legitimate excuse for delays, it appears that this is hardly due to budget concerns as the county commission approved a $74,000 fund that was sent to the clerk’s office for extra equipment. Despite the extra funds, Daub was still shocked that the wait times hadn’t improved.
“I don’t want this to seem like the clerk’s office is not doing their job,” Daub said. “They are working very hard with the limited resources they have and it’s been very stressful with the pandemic.
“I think all the commissioners just want to come together and work together so residents of Wayne County can get the services they deserve in a timely matter.
The Wayne County Commission’s Government Operations Committee hosted a Zoom call where Detroit residents had their public comments addressed during the virtual meeting. In a city where violent crime is a daily concern for residents, it is alarming that wait times are so high for them to even submit an application for a CPL.