Arizona used to be very prompt with issuing CCW permits on time. Now I'm hearing that it takes forever. Many have been waiting so long their current license has expired. This almost happened to my renewal this last time.
It was getting near the deadline, so I called. I told the girl on the other end the situation, and she left the phone to go check on the progress of it. Almost 10 minutes went by, and I almost hung up.
She then came back and told me it would go out the next day, and I should have it 2 days after that. It came with just one day to spare before my current CCW was set to expire. Now I'm hearing it's taking months to get them.
What makes matters worse, is if you send it in too soon, they'll send it back. I had that happen to me. So the whole thing becomes a big Catch 22. You try to give them more time by renewing early..... Then they send it back. Typical government operation.
And with so many states now seeing the same thing happening, there are conspiracy theories flying everywhere.