To start, Sheriff Lombardo provided information on the number of CCW applications his department has been seeing.
For Reference from 2017 to 2019 Clark County alone averaged 16,000 applications every year. In 2020 that number more than doubled to 37,000. He said 2021 is on the same track as 2020.
He stated that due to the steep increase of the number of applications being received his CCW unit was overwhelmed thus causing an extensive backlog but stated that he has added eleven more employees to the CCW unit over the past several weeks.
Another thing that was causing the backlog was the fact that due to budgetary constraints from shipping costs, the Nevada Department of Public Safety would wait for background reports (which also includes background checks for gaming licenses and alcohol cards as well as for CCW applications) to stack up a full two weeks before sending anything to LVMPD.
To eliminate that, LVMPD (at Sheriff Lombardo's direction) authorized Nevada DPS to use LVMPD's shipping account so they can now ship reports to them on a daily basis. This change is expected to help greatly reduce the turn around time for CCW applications, especially when combined with the additional staff.
Of course many are questioning the timing of these recent change with his announcement of his running for Governor and wondering that if he wasn't running would he still have implemented them.
Many who question this do so considering that Washoe County Sheriff's Office started to overhaul their CCW application system back in March of 2021 and they don't see anywhere near the numbers Clark County does.
For those that are wondering, the 120 day turn around on CCW permits as stated by state law doesn't take effect until you have officially submitted your fingerprints to the local County Sheriff's office in which you reside.
To read the full breakdown from the Nevada Firearms Coalition's PAC and to see the archived Zoom interview, go here: https://mailchi.mp/nvfacpac/nvfac-pac-july-update-interview-with-sheriff-joe-lombardo