Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 27, 2013

Gun rights group upset by Va. city’s permit policy


Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A gun rights group claims Lynchburg’s policy for obtaining a concealed gun permit is excessive and overly expensive.

The city pays police detectives overtime to vet permit applications. It charges those seeking a permit $50 — the maximum allowed under state law.

Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave tells The News & Advance that detectives aren’t needed to do the background checks required for the permits. He claims they are “quick, simple” procedures.

But Police Chief Parks Snead there are 20 grounds for denying a permit, and that each must be investigated. He says it needs to be done by experienced law enforcement professionals.

Snead says the work is done on overtime to allow the detectives to focus on their primary duties during normal working hours.