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Spokane police warn of possible scams over concealed pistol licenses

Scammers could potentially benefit from lag times in processing concealed pistol licenses this year, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

There is only one way to get a valid concealed pistol license in Spokane: It is processed through the Spokane Records Division, the release said.

A quick online search to get the license will lead to websites claiming you can receive a license online after answering a few questions and paying a fee through the website, but licenses offered through those sites are not recognized by the state of Washington, the release said.

Due to a “large influx” of applications for the licenses this year, combined with COVID-19, there is a wait once people initiate the process to get a license. Thousands of applications are pending and the records division is months out on appointments, according to the news release.

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