Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Guns, safety

February 15, 2006


To the editor:

Last Thursday, the Kansas Senate passed a bill to allow law-abiding Kansans to carry concealed guns. The senator sponsoring the bill, Phil Journey, argued that Kansans will be safer, that the bill was "about the freedom of Kansans to protect themselves and their families" (Journal-World, Feb. 10, page 5B).

Yet, the bill lists 17 areas where a concealed gun can't be carried. This list includes state or local government buildings. Why? Is it because legislators, as public figures, feel as if they could be targeted? The bill is for "law-abiding Kansans." What law-abiding Kansan will target legislators? If legislators don't want citizens to conceal guns on their turf, then they shouldn't allow citizens to conceal guns on mine.

Gregg Ventello,



craigers 12 years, 4 months ago

I agree with this letter. If they are going to give law abiding citizens the opportunity to carry a firearm concealed on their person then it really shouldn't matter where they are at. Other restrictions I feel should be observed is the one that ties to businesses that serve alcohol. This is merely for those who can't maintain composure when they are intoxicated. Those people definitely don't need a gun in their pocket.

Skeptic 12 years, 4 months ago

The concealed carry laws do not prevent you from prohibiting firearms on your own property. That would be the only turf one could rightfully refer to as "mine."

Skeptic 12 years, 4 months ago

In fact, the section 11 of this bill explicitly states that "Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent" additional restrictions on firearms by public or private employers or property owners.

Bruce Bertsch 12 years, 4 months ago

Concealed carry is a waste. If you really want to scare the bejesus out of a criminal, just carry a sidearm unconcealed. The best part is, if you have a permit, its legal.

yourworstnightmare 12 years, 4 months ago

Gregg, sorry to break it to you, but you're just a nobody schmuck. Kansas legislators are special people who deserve special protection. "Special" people.

The reason that the 17 restrictions were added is that Phil Journey et al. do not want to make it legal for everyone to carry a concealed weapon.

The 17 are proposed in part to ensure that only "law-abiding citizens" are free to do so.

I will leave it to the individual to define "law-abiding citizen".

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