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House passes bill setting firearm transport

April 2, 2005

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— Local governments could no longer prosecute people for transporting unloaded firearms in a closed container under legislation sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The 28-11 Senate voted Friday, following a 107-15 House approval.

"She's not reviewed it enough to have an opinion on it," said Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran.

Supporters, including Rep. L. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, said the measure would end confusion about the legality of transporting firearms created by varying local requirements.

Local governments still can prosecute people for carrying a concealed weapon.

The legislation also allows local governments to have less restrictive requirements. For instance, a county commission could allow people to carry firearms in the gun rack of a pickup truck, Ruff said.

The bill prohibits local governments from imposing greater restrictions for purchasing or owning firearms than required by the federal government. Local governments also could not mandate how people store firearms in their homes.

"No city or county government should dictate how firearms should be stored in your own home," Ruff said.

The bill also sets the stage so retired law enforcement officers can qualify to carry a concealed weapon.

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