Topeka — 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.