Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gun bill passes by veto-proof margin

March 16, 2006


— Legislators will find out soon how serious Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is about vetoing a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons.

The Senate voted 30-10 on Wednesday to send Sebelius a measure similar to one she vetoed in 2004. Under the bill, qualified Kansans could receive a four-year permit from a local sheriff, though carrying a hidden weapon still would be banned in some places, such as courthouses, churches and libraries.

The Senate vote was to accept amendments made to the bill in the House after senators had approved it. The House passed the bill Monday on a 90-33 vote.

Overriding a veto requires two-thirds majorities in both chambers, or 27 of 40 votes in the Senate and 84 of 125 votes in the House. The question for supporters Wednesday was whether some lawmakers who voted for the bill, particularly Sebelius' fellow Democrats, would refuse to vote to override a veto.

Sens. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, and Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, voted for the bill. Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, voted against it.


Todd 12 years, 1 month ago

Seems like a sure veto is coming up. I just hope there's enough conviction to override it.

staff04 12 years, 1 month ago

How about enough conviction and confidence to walk the streets without a gun?

All I want when a criminal pulls out a gun in a crowd is 14 rednecks whipping out their concealed weapons, 'cause gawd knows that 15 guns are better than 1!!

Well, it doesn't surprise me that backasswards KS lawmakers are at it again. I love how meaningless the things they actually accomplish about we go ahead and settle that financial crisis that is facing the state?

mxFlyer 12 years, 1 month ago

That is the problem with Lawrence, too many bleeding heart liberals. Criminals don't care about the law, they will carry weapons concealed anyways, no matter what the law says. I myself would like the right to defend my family if need be.

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