Archive for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

House advances proposed change on gun rights

The Kansas Legislature passed a bill that would amend the Kansas Constitution to guarantee individual rights to firearms.

March 25, 2009


— A proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual’s right to own a firearm is one step from going to a statewide vote.

The House gave first-round approval on a voice vote Wednesday to a resolution containing the proposed change. House members expect to take final action Monday.

If it is adopted then with a two-thirds majority, it will go on the November 2010 general election ballot. The Senate adopted it Tuesday, 39-1.

The state constitution already says: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.”

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


KansasVoter 9 years, 2 months ago

Give me a break. So the republicans in the State Legislature aren't content to waste their time and our tax dollars on the stupid Holcomb expansion and persecuting Dr. Tiller, now they're wasting their time and our tax dollars on this ridiculous amendment? Doesn't the Bill of Rights already cover this issue and override the Kansas Constitution?

geekin_topekan 9 years, 2 months ago

SOwhat exactly does this mean? I read that it gives the state the right to deny ownership based on the indivdual. Criminal,mental,credit or whatever.Don't be fooled by the word "Right",it may be "restriction" in diguise.

Tell me if I am wrong.

hipper_than_hip 9 years, 2 months ago

It's a state's right issue. Just because something is legal under federal law doesn't make it legal in your state; that's why some counties are wet and some are dry. Or your state may permit something that's against federal law, like doctor assisted suicide.

compmd 9 years, 1 month ago

Wait a second.

How can this possibly override the requirements of Part 12 of ATF Form 4473?

optimist 9 years, 1 month ago

KansasVoter: Your understanding of the Bill of Rights is incorrect. The 2nd amendment prevents the federal government from making laws prohibiting or restricting the individual ownership of firearms. Technically states do have the ability to restrict such ownership within a respective state assuming their state constitutions do not prohibit such restrictions. Over the years the courts have served to bastardize the Constitution and extend the Constitution to restrict the States authority and in some cases the individual’s rights.

Jim Phillips 9 years, 1 month ago

But it will all be for naught when George Soros and his minion, King Barack I, initiate their antigun agenda on a federal level.

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