The number of applications for concealed carry licenses has dropped in Kansas, the attorney general’s office stated.
The office received 5,119 new applications during the 2017 fiscal year, which was from July 1, 2016, to June 30, according to the Kansas attorney general’s office press release.
The number of applicants is the lowest in any fiscal year since the licensing program began in 2006, the release said, and follows the 2015 change that allowed concealed carry without a license.
Still, 21,000 Kansans applied to renew their licenses in the fiscal year, the release said. A Kansas concealed carry license is recognized in 38 states.
“Many Kansans continue to recognize the benefits of obtaining a license, including our reciprocity agreements with other states,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in the release. “We continue to work with other states to ensure Kansas licenses are recognized.”
The release said more than 83,000 Kansans have an active concealed carry license.
Other facts using data from the attorney general’s office:
— McPherson County residents sent 1,069 applications for a concealed carry license during the 2017 fiscal year.
— There are 838 residents in McPherson County with a concealed carry license.
— Sedgwick County has the largest number of conceal carry permits with 15,979.