TOPEKA – (July 24, 2020) – The attorney
general’s office received more than 3,100 new applications for concealed carry
licenses in the recently ended 2020 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek
Schmidt said today.
Between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020,
the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 3,193 new applications. This was
the lowest number of applications received in a fiscal year since the licensing
program began in 2006. A legislative change in 2015 allows eligible Kansans to
carry concealed without a license.
While the number of new applications has
waned, most Kansans who already have permits are choosing to keep their
licenses active. The Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 12,735 renewal
applications during the 2020 fiscal year.
Licenses are still required in most
states, and Kansas licenses are currently recognized in 40 states.
“Many Kansans continue to recognize the
benefits of obtaining a license, including our reciprocity agreements with
other states,” Schmidt said. “Our work with other states ensures Kansas
licensees can carry a handgun when they travel in many places outside of
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 nearly 90,000 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/concealed-carry.