Editorial: Inexcusable delay

There’s no excuse for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office ignoring legal requirements to process concealed-carry permit applications in a timely fashion.

April 15, 2013


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is blatantly flouting the law and needs to be held to the same standards as individuals and other agencies — agencies that supposedly serve all Kansas residents.

The issue at hand involves the office’s processing of applications from residents seeking permits to carry concealed handguns. Kansas statutes provide that applications are to be processed within 90 days — not whenever you get around to it. Ninety days! That’s not happening. Worse, the office does not seem to be taking any steps to address the problem it’s encountering.

The office receives $100 per concealed-carry application. It retains a share, and the remainder goes to the state treasury to support lab work by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other labs, as well as acquisition of law enforcement equipment.

The AG’s office continues to blame the record number of permit applications that has been filed for its problems in processing them in a timely manner. However, the money paid by applicants seemingly should offset the costs of overtime and enable the hiring of sufficient employees to keep up with the flow of applications. The surge of applications started in December, and the fact that it has still not been addressed adequately, suggests that perhaps more management expertise is needed in this specific department.

The whole matter is a travesty. Inexcusable. Apparently ignoring the law is an option if you’re the state’s top law enforcement official, although it certainly does not enhance the reputation of the officeholder and clearly sets an extraordinarily poor example that stands out among a cadre of questionable decision-makers inhabiting offices in the state Capitol.


Bob Forer 4 years, 10 months ago

If it walks like a Dolph and talks like a Dolph, it's a Dolph.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Na-- too short, too concise to be the work of Dolph.

Bob Forer 4 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps, but the irrational hysteria has Dolph's signature written all over it.

somebodynew 4 years, 10 months ago

Well, yes. Of course this is just a highly emotional (hysterical, almost) topic that he knows will generate a lot of activity here.

Unfortunately, this is pretty typical of how this AG is running that office. It is just not seen by a large number of people and doesn't generate the interest this topic does. Other examples are Consumer Protection and Victims Services, but like I say, they don't generate excitement like guns do.

skull 4 years, 10 months ago

That would make you a criminal...carrying a gun. You know...that thing we all need guns 24/7 to protect us from.

elliottaw 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe it is because of paranoid people who are afraid of their own shadows apply for permits left and right to be safe from the pretend bad guys

orbiter 4 years, 10 months ago

This is the government you paranoids want, voted for and put into office.

Would hate for the slowpokes in the State Govt. to make absolutely sure a person is in a proper state of mental health, isn't a criminal, prone to violence, etc. if it takes more time, because the speed at which an individual is allowed to have a clip full of hollow tip bullets as he or she walks the violent hell of Kansas trumps the rest of our right to live in a society without fragile freaks with loaded semi-automatic weapons attached to their belts.

It's so comforting to know a person who is so unbalanced (or stupid) they call a bureaucratic delay a "travesty" (not to mentioned write editorials that read like the irrational ravings of a brain scrambled teen on their blog page) is one of the ones foaming at the mouth to get a permit to carry loaded weapon among us, or more likely already has one, loaded, ready to go.

cowboy 4 years, 10 months ago

Why don't you call out Brownback Dolph ? He's your boy. Poor thing having to wait on your concealed carry permit. Its no different than the entire State of Kansas machinery under republican siege.

A car title takes over two months

A DL takes half a day

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