Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- Tuesday Sept 10th 2013, in the Lynchburg, VA City Council meeting there was a lot of lip service paid to our right to keep and bears arms, but only Councilman Jeff Helgeson was truly trying to help gun owners by lowering the CHP fee in Lynchburg.
Everyone else was playing political games.
The PD is using DETECTIVES being paid OVERTIME with BENEFITS, to process CHP applications!
Talk about a waste of taxpayer's dollars. A clerk could do just as good of a job for much less money. They also claim each CHP application takes an hour to process, which sounds like total baloney (and someone who has done background checks has confirmed to me that they take MINUTES to do.)
Initially the police gave false accounting information to City Council showing that the police were losing money at $35 per CHP application to run background checks. (The $50 maximum fee breaks down to: $10 for the Circuit Court Clerk, $5 for the State Police, and $35 for the locality.) Then, under pressure by Helgeson to show the details of the cost of the background checks, suddenly new figures were provided that showed a profit by the PD!
But at the meeting, the figures presented by the PD didn't show detectives getting overtime any more, but the new figures did include a 40% benefits package added to the detective's $22 an hour base salary and also added 10% overhead. That magically came out to, you guessed it, $35 dollars an hour, the most the PD can charge. What an accounting miracle!
In the end the City Council decided to ask the fox to guard the henhouse by asking the Police Chief to report back if he can find a way to reduce the cost of doing the background checks so the CHP fees could be reduced. Council delayed the vote indefinitely until such figures are presented.
This should be interesting. My money says that as hard as the PD tries, it just won't be able to save any money on those background checks. [Eye roll]
It sure smells like a perk for detectives: run a few background checks after work and collect a cool $33 plus benefits per hour. Hey, gun owners can afford it! 🙁
We'll see what happens in a month or so. In the meantime VCDL has three other options it will be weighing to change the $50 maximum fee allowed by law: have the General Assembly lower the maximum fee, create lifetime permits, or make Constitutional Carry legal. (Constitutional Carry is concealed carry without a CHP, but allows a person to get a CHP if they want one).
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: www.vcdl.org