Kansas sets record for concealed-carry applications

Kansas residents officially have set a record for permit applications to carry concealed handguns during fiscal year 2013, the state’s attorney general office said Wednesday.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office received 25,340 applications from July 1, 2012, to June 30 of this year – more than double the 12,408 applications received in fiscal year 2012.

There were 51,539 applications submitted for all the previous six fiscal years since the state began issuing concealed-carry permits.

The state had been on target to break the record for months. The significant uptick in applications this year was driven by a push to tighten gun laws at the federal level and December’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., observers have said.

Schmidt’s office has been pushed to keep up with the demand, drawing claims from gun owners that the office wasn’t meeting the state-mandated 90-day time limit to process applications. His office said Wednesday that applications are currently being processed in 82 days or less, except those awaiting additional information.

There are 63,455 concealed-carry license holders in Kansas, according to the attorney general’s website. A year ago, there were 44,307. About 12,500 of the current licenses have been issued since Jan. 1.

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