The number of concealed-carry permit applications filed in Kansas dropped for a second-straight month in May, after three consecutive record-breaking months earlier this year. May was the first month this year in which the number of applications dropped below 3,000.
The attorney general's office received 2,032 applications for concealed-carry permits, down from 3,462 in April. The state had received 4,072 applications in March, the most in any one month since the state started issuing permits six years ago.
Before January, the one-month record was 1,651 applications, received in March 2012. In the first five months of this year, 16,302 applications have been filed. More than 60,000 Kansans now have a concealed-carry permit.
The attorney general's office said last month that, since last fall, it has hired and reassigned staff to effectively double the number of people working on concealed-carry applications. A spokesman for the office said the applications are being processed in 80 days or fewer, unless the application needs more information to be approved. State law requires the applications to be processed within 90 days.