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February sets another record for Kansans applying for concealed carry permit

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 4, 2013, at 10:44 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.

Two months of record-setting applications for permits to carry concealed handguns has put a strain on the state’s ability to handle those requests as quickly as required by law.

State law requires the applications be approved or denied within 90 days.

“We are processing applications right at the 90-day statutory requirement,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.

For a second consecutive month, the state received a record number of applications.

Schmidt’s office reported that 3,573 applications were filed in February. That surpasses the previous one-month record of 3,167 permits filed in January.

“Our concealed carry licensing unit is working and doing its best to keep up with this unprecedented sharp spike in demand,” Schmidt said.

He said he hopes to add an investigator to the unit this month. The unit has two investigators now.

Before January, the single largest month total was 1,651 applications in March 2012. The state began issuing concealed carry permits in 2007.

The increase matches what is being seen across the country in the wake of calls for stricter gun laws following the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The state is on pace to break the record for a fiscal year months ahead of time. Through the first seven months of fiscal year 2013, the state has received 11,426 applications, just shy of the 12,408 applications submitted in fiscal year 2012.

As of March 1, 53,180 Kansans have an active concealed-carry permit.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or at rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com.

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