TOPEKA (KSNT) — Concealed carry licenses remain in demand despite a new law allowing Kansans to carry concealed without a license.
Newly released numbers from the state attorney general’s office reveal they received more than 9,800 applications for concealed carry licenses in fiscal year 2015, which just ended. It’s important to note that the law was passed earlier this year, but did not take effect until July 1.
The 9,805 applications that were received make this the fourth-highest year on record since 2006. That’s when the licensing program first began. Since then, the AG’s office has taken more than 100,000 applications.
Although the state allows open carry and concealed carry without a license, Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he expects the licensing program to remain popular.
“There are still a number of benefits for Kansans who obtain concealed carry licenses,” Schmidt said. “Most notably, Kansas licenses are recognized by 36 other states, most of which still require a permit in order to carry concealed.”
Schmidt encourages concealed carry holders to take training and to comply with properly posted signage.
Currently, more than 90,000 Kansans have active concealed carry permits according to the attorney general’s office.