Neville: Two-Day Delay in Issuing Gun Permits ‘Unacceptable’

(Seriously? – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Delays in issuing gun permits, which are required for all firearm purchases in Colorado, have increased as fears of coronavirus have escalated, prompting Colo Republican House leader Patrick Neville to call the “drawn-out wait times” for gun permits “unacceptable.”

The permitting process recently required about two days, and 5,000 people Coloradans were waiting in line as of March 17.

“While I warned constituents we could see longer than normal wait times to do COVID-19, I also urged [the state of Colorado] to prepare for this well in advance,” wrote Neville in his statement, which was distributed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a hard-line pro-gun group.

“However, these drawn out wait times are unacceptable,” wrote Neville, who represents the Castle Rock area. “Today, I am calling on the governor and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to do whatever necessary to shorten the lines and expedite the process for a quick checkout.”

It usually takes about 10 minutes to obtain Colorado gun permits, which are issued by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Gun sales in Colorado have spiked nationally and in Colorado in recent weeks.

Neville didn’t return a call asking why he thought a two-day delay in gun permitting was “unacceptable,” given all the other issues faced by the state at this time–and whether he’d received a response from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

The Denver Post reported that from March 10 -17, the number of gun permits requests had doubled from last year, from about 14,600 to about 7,400.

Neville’s has expressed concern for the economy during the coronavirus outbreak as well, tweeting Thursday, “If we can NOT weaken the dollar, that would be great,” in response to news that Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was considering checks of $1,200 for Americans.

Over the weekend, Neville also participated in a drive to collect personal protective equipment for distribution in Colorado.

The effort was initiated by Democratic House leader Alec Garnett of Denver and Neville.


14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Just STFU, Pattypat! 

    Let the adults, who all have really important things to do, get that done right now . . .

    . . . maybe, go play by yourself in the street?

  2. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    This is really the biggest priority right now ?  Man, Neville and his ilk are so fucking lost.

  3. Hey – we're on the edge of the coronapocalypse here! Guns will be required for shopping by next week. </s>

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Isn't Neville one of those pols who thinks women should have a waiting period before getting an abortion?

  5. doremi says:


    You (and/or Neville) are incorrect.  There is NO permit to purchase a firearm in Colorado.  There is a background check.  Usually, it takes about 10 minutes, but because there has been a surge of firearms buying, the times have skyrocketed.  I can’t understand why it went from 10 minutes to 2 days when purchases doubled, but CBI staffs for what they expect.  They can’t suddenly “staff up.” 

    With all the other things the Governor and the government need to do right now, this hardly seems like a crisis.  It’s taking longer to buy a gun because people are engaging in panic sales.  It’s as disgusting as hoarding toilet paper and food supplies. 

    Critical supplies:  Food, water, medicines, products for the health care industry. NOT guns and ammo.

    Jason, you (or the DP) also have the numbers backwards.  FROM 7400 TO 14,600.

  6. kickshot says:

    However you feel about RMGO’s Grand Poobah, watch this YouTube video from the point of view of a store owner or anyone who owns property.

    Under Colorado trespass law, property rights supersede gun rights. You can prohibit guns, openly or concealed carry, from being on your property, owned or rented.

    Info from the video: Posting firearm policies is not even required (but it is recommended). If someone refuses to RKBA elsewhere they are subject to arrest for 3rd degree criminal trespass which can be a class 1 petty offense, a class 3 misdemeanor or a class 5 felony depending on circumstances and carries the risk that they, as a felon, will be required to forfeit their weapon(s).

    Post your house. Post your store. Post your office building.

    No, gun free zones don’t attract mass shooters like a magnet.


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