FF 12: Few concealed carry holders commit crimes

Published On: Jan 09 2014 10:35:45 PM CST

A FactFinder 12 investigation found very few issues with concealed carry license holders in Kansas.  Our investigation found less than one percent of the more than 75,000 license holders have been in trouble with the law.

The number of license holders continues to grow each year, with more than 20,000 issued just last year.

“I think generally people don't understand that their neighbor has a concealed carry license,” says Mike Relihan with Bullseye Shooting Range in Wichita.

With all those license holders, now more than 75,000 strong, how many have caused trouble?

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That's what FactFinder 12 wanted to know, and found there are few who have been in trouble with the law.

Since 2007 only 468 applicants have been denied a license.  Main reasons include domestic violence records, burglary and theft convictions and felony records.

Applicants’ backgrounds are checked by law enforcement before a license is issued.

Fewer people had their license suspended.  There were 259 suspensions, or 0.3 percent, for reasons like aggravated assault, battery, or domestic related charges.  Several had their license suspending for drinking while carrying a firearm.

We also looked at revocations, those who lost their license.  There were 358, or about 0.5 percent, who had their license revoked.

Many of them moved out of state.  Other reasons include domestic violence, assault convictions, and drugs and alcohol related convictions including DUI.

Factfinder 12 found four license holders charged with first or second degree murder.  There was one convicted of second degree murder.

The attorney general will not say who, or where those cases happened.