The crunch which some say is spurred by concerns about rising crime, the state's new "castle law" and uncertainty about future gun laws has created a ballooning backlog of applications for the department.
"Can you imagine if it was a driver's license and someone says you just can't drive?" said Alice Tripp, legislative director for the Texas State Rifle Association in a story in Tuesday's online edition of The Dallas Morning News.
DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the average wait for new applicants is between 80 and 90 days for their licenses; renewals are taking about 70 to 80 days to process. By law, new applications should take no more than 60 days and renewals 45 days to process unless a required background check raises any flags.
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