February sets another record for Kansans applying for concealed carry permit
03/04/2013 10:43 AM
08/06/2014 2:11 AM
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.
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.