Friday, October 24, 2014

Concealed carry sets record

By The Herald Staff | 1/6/2014

TOPEKA — Kansans continue to pack heat at an increased clip.

A record number of Sunflower State residents applied for concealed carry weapon permits in 2013, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office.

TOPEKA — Kansans continue to pack heat at an increased clip.

A record number of Sunflower State residents applied for concealed carry weapon permits in 2013, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office.

The number of Kansans who applied for concealed carry handgun permits last year exceeded the previous one-year record by 50 percent, the release said.

“Record numbers of Kansans are exercising their Second Amendment rights and taking advantage of the Kansas concealed carry law,” Schmidt said in the release. “We’re working hard to provide them top-quality customer service in the permitting process.”

The 24,181 applications received by the Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Licensing Unit during the 2013 calendar year were more than had been received in any previous calendar year since the program began in 2006, according to the release.

As of Jan. 2, 75,099 permits were active in Kansas, with applications being processed in an average of 30 days, the release said.

The previous record for concealed carry permits in a calendar year was 15,707 applications received in 2012, according to the release.

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