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Legislative committee endorses gun rights amendment for Kansas constitution

March 20, 2009


— A Senate committee has endorsed a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual’s right to own a gun.

The Judiciary Committee’s unanimous voice vote Friday sent the measure to the Senate for debate.

It’s a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the federal constitution’s Second Amendment grants individuals the right to bear arms.

The Kansas Constitution says: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.”

But a 1905 Kansas Supreme Court decision says it’s a collective, not an individual, right. The proposed amendment would give the right to each person.

If both legislative houses adopted the proposal by two-thirds majorities, it would be put to a statewide vote.


Flap Doodle 8 years, 6 months ago

Finally, some good news on the political front.

pistachio 8 years, 6 months ago

So this passes out of Committee with a unanimous vote but the Equal Rights Amendment is dead in Committee?

Anyone else find it odd that the Legislature is eager to re-guarantee the right to bear arms yet can't get enough votes to guarantee that men and women are treated equally?

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