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Over 14,000 Kansans Apply for Gun Permits



The state's concealed carry program is still going strong.   Thousands of Kansans continue to apply for the special gun permits each year.  As KPR's J. Schafer reports, the state just recorded its second highest year for applications.



(The state's fiscal year ended in June with more than 14,000 Kansans seeking permits to carry concealed weapons.  The year before, the state had a record high number of applications.  That's when more than 25,000 requests came into the attorney general's office.  To say the program has been popular would be an understatement.  As it stands now, about 90,000 Kansans have requested a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  That's one in every 33 residents.  In order to get a permit, an applicant must pass a background check, take a firearms training course and pay about $130 in state and county fees.  For Kansas Public Radio News... I'm J. Schafer.)


(AP version)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Attorney General's Office says the state received the second highest number of concealed carry applications in the last fiscal year. The attorney general announced in a news release Monday that more than 14,205 applications were received between July 1, 2013, and June 30 this year. The highest number of applications in one fiscal year came in last year, when 25,316 applications were received. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says more than 83,000 Kansans currently have active concealed carry permits. The state has received 90,000 applications since 2006. Thirty-six other states recognize Kansas-issued concealed carry permits.



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