LESA Pierce county CCW issuance. ***UPDATED 9\11\2012***
***BEGIN UPDATE 9\11\2012***:
LESA’s public counter now open every weekday
The Law Enforcement Support Agency’s information services counter will now be open to the public on Tuesdays.
In 2010, budget and staff cuts prompted the agency to close the public counter one day a week. It will now be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed weekends and holidays.
People can apply for a concealed pistol license or obtain fingerprints, among other services.
The address is 945 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma.***END UPDATE***
Thank you for your email regarding LESA - specifically the inordinate amount of time it takes for processing concealed
pistol license applicants. I have made inquiries about your concerns and learned that they are working on scheduling
additional staff and possibly reorganizing in order to address the long waits. The problem hinges on the amount of time it
takes to do the fingerprinting of applicants.
The Director of LESA presented the issue to the LESA Board at a meeting yesterday. He said that he believes it can be
dealt with within the current budget. I was glad to be assured that this matter is being given serious attention and will
be rectified, hopefully soon.
Again, thanks for taking the time to provide me with information about this. I appreciate it.
Pierce County Council
District 3 Representative
So, as many of you know, LESA (Law enforcement support Agency) is where you go to get pistol permits in Pierce county. In fact, it is the only place.
They moved awhile back out of the CC building and across the street to their own facility. Great I thought....
Went on Monday and the place was full. Asked around what the wait time was and most said 2+hours. I had another appointment 2 1/2 hours out so this was a fail for me.
LESA is closed Tuesdays, I believe to support criminal trials that take place that day. (Who cares,they should be open.)
Went back today. arrived a 12:45. Got my number, sat down, and again heard the wait was 2+hours. I was determined to stick it out. An hour and 15 minutes later nice lady comes out with an announcement: 'anyone above number so and so, forget it, come back tomorrow...EARLY'. I was above number so and so, an thus failed again, noting that LESA's close time it 4pm, meaning 3 hrs and 45 minutes was again insufficient for me to exercise my right to protect myself. The reason given was lack of ability to fingerprint people fast enough.
So far, I have wasted 2 trips into downtown from Graham, time and fuel.
Now, there is an apologetic SIGN in the waiting room complaining about budget cuts. I am unaffected by that. Unsympathetic. I could care less.
LESA has an obligation to meet as an agent of the state and the CLEO. We pay a fee to exercise a right, a portion of which is simply a tax that goes right into the state general fund.
I get the feeling that LESA is coming dangerously close to voiding it's "shall issue
" obligations. This needs to be fixed, ASAP. As a minimum, applications for pistol permits should be placed separately for those getting printed for real estate licenses, those with passport issues, and others seeking police reports. There should be a location on the east side. Get another print scanner, and a body to run it. Serve nutraloaf at the jail if you have to.
On the morrow', I shall be up at the buttcrack o'dawn, and at LESA's door when they open. Then we shall see.
All the street parking in the area in 90 minute limit You have about 10 seconds to respond when your number is called. Since they use four sets of numbers for various sorts of customers, it's impossible to tell how close you are to being called. And you will be called twice, once for the application, and another for the prints. Get up to move your vehicle at your peril, or pay to park. Or just be willing to get the parking ticket. ( was was ready to take it for the team, but was preempted).
Renewals don't get off easy either. you need to fill out the form again. And wait.
DMV is bad. LESA is worse. except for the lack of cranky, hungry, sleepy or hyper kids. There is one and only one, and you have to go there.
But on the positive note, people seem to be legally arming themselves at a high rate. But my experience so far makes the case for permit-less constitutional carry, and open carry. Nobody at LESA was mean or impolite on either side.
"Freedom begins at the muzzle, and ends at the butt-plate."