gun laws http://kmuw.org en Richard Crowson: Kansas' True Love http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-kansas-true-love <p></p><p>Happy Valentine's Day to all you googly-eyed lovers out there! Give your honey an extra little squeeze this morning, safe and secure in the knowledge that your Kansas Legislature is working tirelessly in defense of the sanctity of the right kind of marriage. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 30232 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Kansas' True Love State House Will Soon Consider Bill That Strips Local Governments' Power To Regulate Guns http://kmuw.org/post/state-house-will-soon-consider-bill-strips-local-governments-power-regulate-guns <p>The full Kansas House could consider a bill soon that voids local government firearm regulations.</p><p>A House committee amended and approved the legislation yesterday.</p><p>The bill would keep local governments from regulating the open carry of firearms.</p><p>Committee members added a provision saying Kansans could carry a loaded gun in their vehicle anywhere in the state, without requiring a concealed weapons permit. Now, local governments can bar keeping a loaded gun on your seat or in your glovebox.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:01:43 +0000 Stephen Koranda 30203 at http://kmuw.org UPDATE: House Committee Approves And Expands Bill To Void Local Gun Ordinances In Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/update-house-committee-approves-and-expands-bill-void-local-gun-ordinances-kansas <p><em><strong>Update 11:49am Wednesday</strong>: The Federal and State Affairs expanded gun-rights legislation Wednesday before approving it. The committee's unanimous voice vote sends the measure to the House for debate, as early as next week. Under the expanded bill, Kansas residents would be able to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles.</em></p><p>The House Federal and State Affairs committee is taking up legislation Wednesday that would strip cities and counties of the power to regulate guns or block open carry.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:02:05 +0000 Associated Press 30153 at http://kmuw.org NRA And KSRA Behind Push For New Gun-Rights Bill http://kmuw.org/post/nra-and-ksra-behind-push-new-gun-rights-bill <p>Influential gun-rights groups are pushing bill proposals to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.</p><p>The House Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing yesterday on the bill, which the National Rifle Association and the Kansas State Rifle Association support.</p><p>It would keep cities and counties from limiting the open carrying of firearms, and bar them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.</p><p>The bill also declares existing ordinances void.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:38:48 +0000 Associated Press 29621 at http://kmuw.org Bill Would Cut Back Open Carry Regulation http://kmuw.org/post/bill-would-cut-back-open-carry-regulation <p>A legislative committee is considering a bill that would bar local governments in Kansas from passing any rules that restrict the open carry of firearms. It would also invalidate any local rules currently restricting open carry.</p><p>Representative Jim Howell, a Derby Republican, says the goal is to create consistency.</p><p>“So what this does, it just simply says we’re not going to let cities create a patchwork of laws, so that people can exercise their Second Amendment rights confidently, understanding the law, with simplicity," Howell says.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:57:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 29599 at http://kmuw.org Bill Strips Local Governments' Power To Regulate Firearms And Limits Buyback Programs http://kmuw.org/post/bill-strips-local-governments-power-regulate-firearms-and-limits-buyback-programs <p>Kansas legislators are considering new gun-rights proposals.</p><p>The bill would strip cities and counties of any power to regulate guns, as well as limit local programs to buy guns back from their owners.</p><p>The House Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing this morning on a sweeping bill containing the new measures.</p><p>The bill would keep cities and counties from enacting bans on the open carrying of firearms and prevent them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:51:25 +0000 Associated Press 29568 at http://kmuw.org Hundreds Of Local Governments Request Gun Law Exemptions http://kmuw.org/post/hundreds-local-governments-request-gun-law-exemptions <p>The Kansas Attorney General's office has received notifications from more than 300 local governments stating that they're exempting themselves from a new state gun law. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:46:12 +0000 Stephen Koranda 19838 at http://kmuw.org New Gun Law Means You May Need New A 'No Guns' Sign On Your Building http://kmuw.org/post/new-gun-law-means-you-may-need-new-no-guns-sign-your-building <p>Attorney General Derek Schmidt says counties and cities that exempt themselves from a new law on concealed weapons need to change any "No Guns" signs on public buildings.<br><br>The law, which takes effect Monday, allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings that don't have adequate security, such as screening.<br><br>Many cities and counties have taken advantage of a provision letting them exempt their buildings for six months.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:21:50 +0000 Associated Press 19516 at http://kmuw.org US Attorney Prepared To Go To Court Over Kansas' New Gun Law http://kmuw.org/post/us-attorney-prepared-go-court-over-kansas-new-gun-law <p>On April 26, US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that states the new Kansas law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.</span></p><p>WHAT THE LAW SAYS</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:48:23 +0000 Carla Eckels & Associated Press 16649 at http://kmuw.org Applications For Concealed-Carry Permits On Rise In Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/applications-concealed-carry-permits-rise-kansas <p>Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his office is working overtime to keep up with the influx of applications for concealed-carry permits.<br><br>Schmidt's office received almost 3,500 in April, making it the third-highest month since the state's licensing program began in 2007.<br><br>The office also received a record 4,072 applications in March for the licenses.<br><br>Schmidt says his office has been criticized for not processing applications within the legal maximum of 90 days.<br> Fri, 03 May 2013 11:38:56 +0000 Associated Press 16644 at http://kmuw.org