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Kansas House Passes Bill Expanding Concealed Carry

The Kansas House meeting. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

UPDATE - The Kansas Senate agreed to the House amendments to the bill, sending to legislation to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration.

The Kansas House has passed a bill that would allow most people in Kansas over age 21 to carry a concealed gun without a permit. Current law requires training and a background check before a person can carry concealed.

Republican Representative Steven Becker says the current concealed carry program shows removing the license requirement can work. He says the success of the current program is not because of a training class and shooting test.

“I suggest to you that we can attribute it to responsible Kansas citizens that know what guns are about,” says Becker.
But Republican Representative Mike Kiegerl (KEY-girl) has concerns about removing the background check and training. 
“Concealed carry should be something you earn, something that requires some effort to get, to show that you’re responsible,” says Kiegerl
The House voted 85-39 in favor of the bill. A similar version has already passed the Kansas Senate. The two chambers will now work to eliminate differences between the bills.

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