A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would allow people over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in Kansas without a permit. State law currently requires training and a background check before residents can carry a concealed gun.
Republican Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady says Kansans shouldn’t have to ask for permission from the government to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
“And I think the citizens of Kansas have proved that they are able to safely carry concealed without problems,” says Couture-Lovelady.
A national gun-control group says it is planning to challenge a Kansas law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns that are manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.
The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state law.
The Kansas law was enacted in 2013 and makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce a federal regulation or treaty when it comes to Kansas-only firearms, ammunition or accessories.
The full Kansas House could consider a bill soon that voids local government firearm regulations.
A House committee amended and approved the legislation yesterday.
The bill would keep local governments from regulating the open carry of firearms.
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.
Update 11:49am Wednesday: 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.
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.