A little more than 2,000 Kansans applied for concealed-carry gun permits in May, marking the first time this year that the monthly total has dipped under 3,000, the state’s attorney general’s office said Thursday.
But the May total of 2,032 applications was still higher than any other month in the program’s history prior to this year. Before January, the one-month record was the 1,651 applications received in March 2012.
The first four months of this year averaged 3,568 applications, with the record number of 4,071 coming in March.
Various factors have driven the increase, including the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., last summer and the school shooting in Connecticut in December. Concern about increased federal restrictions on gun ownership also has been a factor.
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There are 60,037 residents who have an active concealed-carry license in Kansas, which established its permit law in 2006.
The high demand for permits had created a backlog in processing the applications, which is done by the attorney general’s office. By law, they must be processed in 90 days.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office said applications are currently being processed in 80 days or less, except for those that are pending the receipt of additional information.