Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Schmidt: More than 9,800 concealed carry applications in 2015 fiscal year

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The attorney general’s office received more than 9,800 applications for concealed carry licenses in the recently ended 2015 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 9,805 applications. This was the fourth-highest year on record. Since the licensing program first began in 2006, the office has received more than 100,000 applications.

Schmidt said that while the Legislature passed a law earlier this year allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed without a license, he expects the licensing program to remain popular.

“There are still a number of benefits for Kansans who obtain concealed carry licenses,” Schmidt said. “Most notably, Kansas licenses are recognized by 36 other states, most of which still require a permit in order to carry concealed.”

Schmidt also encouraged all Kansans who intend to carry firearms to pursue training opportunities. He also reminded all Kansans who choose to carry firearms to comply with properly posted signage.

Currently, more than 90,000 Kansans have active concealed carry permits. More information on the concealed carry licensing program is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.