Beaumont may move concealed weapons application process in house
By Craig Shultz
The Beaumont Police Department is suggesting moving the Carry Concealed Weapons permitting process in house to ease the burden on the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and to speed up the process.
The Beaumont City Council will be asked to approve the move when it meets Tuesday, July 18.
The Sheriff Department issues most CCW licenses in the county, which can push waits for new permits to almost two years. If the program is approved, Beaumont would be following in the footsteps of Murrieta, and other cities may too.
“At this point, we refer citizens to RSO,” Banning Police Chief Alex Diaz said. “However, that may change once I receive further info from Beaumont on the program they are implementing.”
A CCW license allows qualified citizens who demonstrate both “good cause” and “good moral character” to carry loaded, concealed firearms into public places.
While the Beaumont department has the right to issue licenses, the process has been handled by the Sheriff’s Department, primarily because Beaumont PD does not have enough staff to process the applications, which include an extensive background check.
The number of requests coming to the sheriff has increased, stretching the wait for a permit.
Beaumont Police Chief Sean Thuilliez finds the wait to be unacceptable and has been looking at ways to provide the service without burdening his staff.
“Although the Sheriff is accommodating to the many residents of the county, his preference is the police chiefs issue CCWs to their resident to relieve the burden on his staff and ease the backlog on the waiting list,” Thuilliez wrote in a report to the City Council.
Thuilliez is proposing outsourcing the background portion of the process, as the Murrieta Police Department started doing earlier this year, stating the wait time would be cut to three to four months and the cost would be about $900 per applicant.