Kansans set a one-month record in January for the number of new concealed carry handgun permit applications, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday.
Kansans set a one-month record in January for the number of new concealed carry handgun permit applications, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday. The Attorney General's Concealed Carry Handgun Unit received 3,167 applications last month.
The previous one-month record was March 2012 when 1,651 Kansans applied for concealed carry permits.
Candi Carroll, administrative assistant for the Ford County Sheriff's Office, processes all of the county's applications. She said the sheriff's office stopped keeping track of the number of submitted applications until recently.
"To be honest with you when Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) first came out we kept a list for our records and a copy of the application but since then we stopped doing that until January of this year. I began keeping a list again because we had such a rise in Concealed Carry Applications," Carroll said.
In Ford County, 24 applications were processed last month.
In the time since the Kansas Concealed Carry Program was established in 2006, the Ford County Sheriff's office has sent in a total of 435 applications, not including the 24 from last month.
333 of those have been approved by the attorney general's office.
According to Carroll, not only have the number of applicants increased but also the number of people participating in concealed carry classes. "I have asked many applicants that came in last month about how large the classes were that they attended this training and the classes have been anywhere from 30-50 attendees, which is way more than before when the classes were between 10-15 attendees," Carroll said. It is required by state law that all applicants take an 8-hour course before submitting a concealed carry application.
The Kansas Concealed Carry Program was established in 2006, with the first permits issued in 2007. Currently, 52,317 Kansans have active permits to carry concealed handguns in Kansas.
How to apply Online application forms are available from the Attorney General's website www.ksag.org and at www.accesskansas.org. Paper applications can be picked up at the Ford County Sheriff's Office.
All applications must be returned to the sheriff's office in the applicant's county of residence, regardless of whether they downloaded an application or obtained an application from the sheriff's office. A money order, personal check or cashier's check in the amount of $32.50 made payable to the sheriff's office is due upon the submission of all applications.
The Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act (KPFPA) requires that all concealed carry applicants successfully complete an 8-hour training program approved by the Attorney General before they submit an application. The course costs approximately $100 but the price may vary from instructor to instructor and is at their discretion.
The Attorney General's website listed two instructors in Ford County, Danny Gillum and Samuel Marvin Scott. Gillum can be reached at (620) 227-9269 and Scott at (620) 225-1600.