Handgun Permits Issued in 2015 – Lacey Township Police Department – February 8, 2016

Very Small PatchHandgun Permits Issued in 2015 – The Lacey Township Police Department processed and issued 651 handgun permits in 2015 which is up from 562 handgun permits processed and issued in 2014. The number of permits issued in 2015 is down 216 permits from the all-time high in 2013 of 867. Historically, the Lacey Township Police Department processed and issued an average of 200 handgun permits annually upon application from local residents in the years leading up to and through 2008.

The annual statistics for the issuance of handgun permits in Lacey Township is as follows:

Year                            Handgun Permits Issued

2015                                                  651

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2014                                                  562

2013                                                  867

2012                                                  506

2011                                                  398

2010                                                  289

2009                                                  354

2008                                                  187

2007                                                   217

2006                                                   227

2005                                                   191


Handgun permits are issued based on strict criteria established under state law. Each application requires a comprehensive background check which is handled by the Lacey Township Detective Bureau and processing by Records Bureau personnel. Ultimately, each applicant’s background investigation report is reviewed by the Chief of Police and signed for issuance to the resident. The lengthy process is often delayed by required processes outside the control of the police department, including the receipt of responses by references provided by the applicant. References who do not return the form in a timely manner delay the process indefinitely.

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