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Kansas AG getting permits for concealed guns under control

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today the wait time to process applications for permits to carry concealed weapons is back under 90 days.

That’s the limit set by state law to process the applications.

In mid-April, Schmidt’s office acknowledged that the wait time was a few days longer than 90 days. And that was frustrating gun-rights backers.

Patricia Stoneking, president of the Kansas State Rifle Association, told the Associated Press that her group had received dozens of complains.

Schmidt had blamed the delay on a record number of applications each of the past three months. That happened even though he increased the number of employees reviewing the requests.

On Thursday, Schmidt’s office said the processing time was “89 days or less except for those that are pending the receipt of additional information.”

He had promised to get the matter cleared up by May 1.

Since last fall, more than double the number of people assigned to the processing of concealed carry permit applications compared with this time last year were on the job. Investigators who conduct applicants’ backgrounds checks are working overtime. The Legislature is still considering the attorney general’s request for authority to hire up to three additional licensing personnel in order to reduce processing time.

In the first four months of 2013, Schmidt’s office received 14,274 new concealed carry applications. There are currently 55,988 active concealed carry licensees in Kansas.