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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.

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.

Many cities and counties have taken advantage of a provision letting them exempt their buildings for six months.

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. That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The new law declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. The law also makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty covering those items.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his office is working overtime to keep up with the influx of applications for concealed-carry permits.

Schmidt's office received almost 3,500 in April, making it the third-highest month since the state's licensing program began in 2007.

The office also received a record 4,072 applications in March for the licenses.

Schmidt says his office has been criticized for not processing applications within the legal maximum of 90 days.

I was considering the paranoid, fearful actions of our oh-so-very-conservative legislature yesterday, and I’m afraid I uttered an unmentionable word out loud. Our Airedale Lucy came bounding into my office to comfort me.

A Smorgasbord Of Gun Bills Up For Vote In Kansas House

Mar 14, 2013
Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House is preparing to vote on three proposals to change state gun regulations.

A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed.

Gun rights advocates in Kansas want lawmakers to counter any moves by the federal government to restrict access to firearms.

Advocates traveled to Topeka Tuesday to hear the House and Federal State Affairs Committee consider a bill that aims to protect gun rights in Kansas.  

Bill Would Bar Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws In Kansas

Feb 8, 2013
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Kansas Lawmakers considered a series of bills aimed at protecting gun rights Thursday.

One measure would ban local governments from passing laws that restrict the open carry of firearms. Another bill bars the enforcement of federal gun laws in Kansas. 

"The intent of the provision is in the event that a Federal entity would declare gun confiscation, it's hands off if the gun is owned in Kansas," said Patricia Stoneking of the Kansas State Rifle Association.

The bills will now be considered by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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Bill Would Bar Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws In Kansas

State Lawmakers are considering a series of bills aimed at protecting gun rights.

One measure would ban local governments from passing laws that restrict the open carry of firearms.

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Not everyone's happy with a proposal to drop antique guns from the definition of firearms, as part of a bill to change Kansas' firearms regulations. Assistant attorney general C.W. Klebe discussed the proposed changes Wednesday before a Senate committee.

The changes include new regulations that clarify local governments can't bar concealed-carry license holders from bringing guns into their jurisdictions. It's not clear if this regulation change will apply to out-of-state visitors while they are in Kansas. 

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