The number of Kan?sans who applied for concealed carry handgun permits last year exceeded the previous one-year record by 50 percent, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
More than 24,000 Kansans applied for concealed carry handgun permits in 2013.
?Record numbers of Kan?sans are exercising their Second Amendment rights and taking advantage of the Kansas concealed carry law,? Schmidt said. ?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 was more than had been received in any previous calendar year since the program began in 2006.
The previous record for a calendar year was 15,707 applications received in 2012.
During December, the attorney general?s office received 1,036 applications. There were 75,099 active permits as of Jan. 2. The applications are being processed in an average of 30 days.
The concealed carry licensing program was enacted by the Legislature in 2006 over the veto of then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. By law, the program is administered by Attorney General Schmidt?s office.
More information about the concealed carry licensing program is available at ag.ks.gov.