House members today advanced a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed guns.
The measure, forwarded on a voice vote, requires another vote in the House, which will be made Tuesday.
It is expected to pass, and then would go back to the Senate for consideration of changes made to the bill in a House committee.
The Senate sponsor, Phil Journey, R-Haysville, said he would ask the Senate to accept the House changes. If the Senate agreed, the measure would be sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who vetoed a similar bill in 2004
Supporters of the bill, led by Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, hope to persuade a few more legislators to vote for the measure to override another possible veto.
Under the bill, Kansans who are 21 or older and U.S. citizens could obtain a four-year concealed carry permit by filling out an application with the local sheriff and paying a fee of up to $150.
The attorney general's office would issue the permits after conducting background checks to eliminate those with a felony record, a history of mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, or a physical infirmity that would prevent safe handling of a weapon.
Permit applicants would be required to complete an eight-hour safety and training course by a firearms instructor certified by the attorney general or the National Rifle Assn.