Saline County Conceal and Carry Requests Up
Jeff Garretson - Wed 12:32 PM 02/06/2013
According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, 17 applicants were fingerprinted on Tuesday as part of the license process.
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is processing concealed carry applications for gun owners at a record pace.
Marilyn Marshall, a records specialist with the Sheriff's Office, tells KSAL News they have already screened 67 applicants in the first month of 2013.
Her office took care of 335 requests for Saline County in all of 2012.
The trend is on the rise across the state.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said Friday - that 3,167 Kansans applied for the permits in January.
That more than doubles the previous record of 1,651 set last March.
Pat Campbell, who fingerprints Saline County applicants admits she's been busy, "I don't think it's going to slow down," she said.
Campbell finger printed 17 people on Tuesday as part of the process.
Marshall, explains the path to obtaining the permit begins with a instruction from a current or former law enforcement officer in a classroom setting for 8-hours.
A nation wide background check is performed by the FBI before applicants receive their permit, which is then valid for 4 years.
The rush for concealed carry permits has made for a backlog of work on a national scale.
"Right now the waiting period is 90-days, plus - just to get your paperwork back," Marshall said.