Kansas gun rights advocates: Permits slow in coming

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gun rights advocates say the Kansas attorney general’s office is struggling to process a record number of applications for concealed carry permits on time.

Edwardsville resident John Altevogt said Thursday that Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office told him last week it would be lucky to process applications in 120 days. Kansas law says applications must be reviewed in 90 days.

Altevogt applied for a permit in February. On Wednesday, he filed a professional ethics complaint against Schmidt and members of his staff.

Kansas State Rifle Association president Patricia Stoneking said her group has received dozens of complaints in recent weeks.

Schmidt’s office received nearly 11,000 concealed-carry applications in January, February and March. He and his spokesman didn’t immediately respond to telephone and email messages seeking comment Thursday.

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