The attorney general’s office received more than 5,800 applications for concealed carry licenses in the recently ended 2016 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 5,874 applications. Compared with recent years, this marked a steep decline in the number of new applications, following a legislative change in 2015 allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed without a license. During the prior 2015 fiscal year, more than 9,800 applications were received.
Licenses are still required in most states, and Kansas licenses are currently recognized in 37 states.
“Many Kansans continue to recognize the benefits of obtaining a license,” Schmidt said. ”We are working with our sister states to expand recognition of Kansas licenses and anticipate additional states to begin recognition in the near future.”
Schmidt also encouraged all Kansans who intend to carry firearms to pursue training opportunities. He reminded all Kansans who choose to carry firearms to comply with properly posted signage.
Currently, more than 93,000 Kansans have active concealed carry licenses. More information on the concealed carry licensing program is available on the attorney general?s website at www.ag.ks.gov.