Kansas Sees Uptick in Gun Licenses

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ There has been an increase in the number of gun shops that have a license to sell automatic weapons. But the shop owners say residents should not expect to see more heavy weapons on the street.

The new law took effect in July to allow the sale of more types of weapons, which are typically used by the military or law enforcement. The law brought Kansas in line with surrounding states.

Since then, 13 more gun shops have acquired a license, going from 32 to 45, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Gun shop owners say the change means they are now able to sell the weapons to law enforcement who had difficulty obtaining the weapons before the law was changed.

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