Kansas gun laws

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.

Kansas legislators are considering new gun-rights proposals.

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.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing this morning on a sweeping bill containing the new measures.

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.

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.

Gov. Sam Brownback has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a new Kansas gun law aimed at reining in the federal government has broad support in the state.

Brownback sent a letter Thursday to Holder defending the law, which took effect last week.

He said Kansans hold dear their right to bear arms.

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.

Holder To Brownback: New Kansas Law Is Unconstitutional

May 2, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.

The U.S. attorney's office for Kansas on Thursday released a copy of a letter from Holder to Brownback.

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