TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — The number of concealed carry weapon applications has declined by over 3,000, according to the Attorney General’s (AG) office.

The AG said in a news release on Tuesday that between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, the attorney general’s Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 4,544 new applications, down from 7,717 the previous year.

A law passed in 2015 allows for Kansans over the age of 21 to conceal and carry a firearm without any kind of license.

The AG’s Office said most Kansans who already have their license are opting to keep it. A total of 15,169 renewal applications were processed in the same time frame.

Currently, over 81,000 Kansans have active concealed carry licenses.

While it is not required to have a license to carry a firearm in Kansas, where licenses help Kansans most is in reciprocity with other states. Licenses are still required in most states, and Kansas licenses are currently recognized in 40 states.

For more information on concealed carry laws, you can visit the AG’s website by clicking here.