I applied for my CHL 6 business days ago and it's already back in the US mail today. I'm impressed with the efficiency of our local county sheriff's office. The day I applied there were lines of people there for the same reason and it took a good hour to complete the process (most of it waiting to get finger printed). With that many people applying I assumed it would take most of the 6 weeks the sheriff is allowed for processing to get a return. But here I am a week later and "legal"! I've complained about government red tape and "gunk" slowing things up in the system enough that I owe these local officials a resounding, "Well done!"