For the second time in two years, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden is being sued for delays in processing concealed handgun permits and pistol purchase permits. Carolina Journal reports:
The second lawsuit and request for injunctive relief was filed by retired former N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judge Bob Hunter and N.C. Attorney Ron Shook in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C. on behalf of Grassroots North Carolina (GRNC) and the Gun Owners of America (GOA) organizations.
Andy Stevens and Bryan Yerke, spokesmen for plaintiffs GRNC and GOA, held a press conference at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Nov. 28 to address the latest lawsuit against McFadden.
Sheriff McFadden was initially sued by GRNC and GOA in 2021 over the department’s continued delay of gun permit issuances. The result of the litigation ended with McFadden agreeing to comply with state law regarding gun permit applications.
In a statement to WSOC-TV, Sheriff McFadden admits he is sending all applications through the Veterans Administration – even though the VA reports information to the already-available NICS background check system.
“At this time MCSO has not received service/notice pertaining to this alleged lawsuit. MCSO continues to remain in compliance with the Pistol Purchase Permits (PPP) and Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP) statue. The agency has 14-days to process a PPP and 45-days for a CHP once we have received all required paperwork, including ALL mental health releases. Applications are processed first in, first out, and unfortunately, the facilities do not send the releases back in chronological order. We have also found that not everyone discloses their military status on their application, so to be sure we are getting accurate information our process is to check everyone through the same facilities which include the VA. Since the beginning of the pandemic MCSO has implemented several changes to the process to be more efficient to include mailing permit(s) to customers to eliminate visits to the office. Last year the division also added two additional staff members. Within the last couple of weeks MCSO began using an interface between the state system and our permit vendor, Permitium to eliminate staff from having to do duplicate entry on new applicants.”