gun laws

Stephen Koranda file photo

The Kansas legislature passed bills at the end of the session that will raise the states sales tax and change the laws on carrying a concealed weapon. The new laws go into effect tomorrow, along with nearly 80 other laws that begin July 1.

The statewide sales tax will increase from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent.

Taxes on cigarettes will also go up 50 cents a pack to $1.29.

WickedVT, flickr Creative Commons

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.

Kansas' attorney general has asked a federal court to toss out a challenge asserting that the federal government lacks the authority to regulate firearms manufactured, sold, and kept only in the state.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas seeks to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Kan. Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt is holding a meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss regulations for signs that people must post to keep guns off their premises. Schmidt's office is soliciting public input about what should be required for the new "no-gun signs."

Governor Brownback signed legislation on Wednesday that would nullify city and county gun restrictions in Kansas and ensuring that it’s legal statewide to openly carry firearms. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The bill would sweep away most local restrictions on open carry, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings. The National Rifle Association describes it as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh is concerned about the law taking away local control.

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.

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.

Influential gun-rights groups are pushing bill proposals to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.

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.

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.

The bill also declares existing ordinances void.

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.

Representative Jim Howell, a Derby Republican, says the goal is to create consistency.

“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.

Pages