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Archive for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Statehouse Live: Parkinson says he signed concealed carry expansion to avoid veto showdowns over other issues

August 10, 2010, 11:16 a.m. Updated August 10, 2010, 11:25 a.m.

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— Gov. Mark Parkinson on Tuesday said he doesn’t like a new law that expands the ability for Kansans to get a permit to carry a concealed gun.

But, Parkinson said, he made a political calculation when he signed it into law.

Parkinson said he feared that if he vetoed it, the Legislature might have tried to override several of his other vetoes.

“I’m just being very honest about it,” he said.

Parkinson said the legislation passed by overwhelming margins, which indicated enough support to muster a two-thirds vote to overturn a veto.

The measure passed 37-2 in the Senate and 103-15 in the House. To override a veto requires 27 votes in the Senate and 84 votes in the House.

During the last legislative session, lawmakers removed several of the reasons the Kansas Attorney General’s Office could deny a concealed-carry permit to an applicant. Essentially, the new law allows anyone who qualifies to possess a gun under federal and state laws to also receive a license to carry it concealed.

As a result, it no longer is permissible to deny a license to a person who has been:

• Convicted of two DUIs during the last five years

• Convicted of carrying under the influence in another state during the last five years

• Documented to have attempted suicide during the last five years

In addition, the new law removed a provision that required concealed-carry license holders to submit to a breath test if a law enforcement officer suspected they were carrying a weapon under the influence. If they refused, they lost their license. Now, license holders must consent to a test only if they’ve shot someone.

The new law, which took effect July 1, has come under criticism from gun control advocates and several legislators who say that perhaps some legislators weren’t aware of the bill’s contents.

Comments

JoRight 3 years, 8 months ago

People that have a gun & plan on using it, it doesn't matter, government building, a car, your house etc

Law or not, someone that plans on shooting someone(s) is going to carry a gun regardless of law.

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tange 3 years, 8 months ago

Learning will occur. It always does. Eventually.

( even if it takes f o r e v e r )

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beatrice 3 years, 8 months ago

While I think it silly to add the DUI part to the law, there was such a huge majority voting on this that it would have been a waste of time and energy to veto it. Parkinson did the right thing.

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DillonBarnes 3 years, 8 months ago

You know what bugs me the most, they keep using the same picture. Want me to come one down and I'll let you take a new picture?

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50YearResident 3 years, 8 months ago

Can any of you frightened people posting here about the new law's ammendments recall just one envent of a shooting by a concealed license holder in Douglas County in the last 3 years?

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Danimal 3 years, 8 months ago

This is probably a good example of why Parkinson wants out of politics. I think he's tired of making these cloakroom deals that are an unfortunate necessity in our political system.

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inquire 3 years, 8 months ago

Heck ya! Ain't no one gonna tell me I can't carry a gun! This is AMERICA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZdJRD...

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 8 months ago

So if somebody breaks into your home in the middle of the night, give them a cup of tea and a gluten-free cookie and have a heart-to-heart chat with them?

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salad 3 years, 8 months ago

One thing all the "shoot first, let God sort em out" crowd seems to ignore, is that even if you are completely justified in blasting away some bad guy who breaks into your home in the middle of the night, you are gonna get a hard look from law enforcement, if not arrested for good measure. You might even get sued by the bad guys family who think he was confused/drunk/off his meds and YOU were the bad guy. Is it worth it? Discuss.......

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anitliars 3 years, 8 months ago

Just a question of time before anyone can carry any gun (concealed or open) into any building. That disgruntled parent at a day care who is unhappy with how his ex is handling child custody issues, the jealous boyfriend who visits a classroom to spy on his girl friend, the college student mad about the grade a teacher gave her, and the suicidal teacher who thinks the college passed her over for tenure one too many times .... If the bill that was proposed last year had passed, many of these people would have been legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon, unless every single entrance and exit of the building had security and/or a scanning device present. The gun rights people have a lot of money and arguments lined up, seeking to make sure that every citizen who wants to do so can take a weapon (concealed or open) with them anywhere they want. Like guns, or not, this is your future. Better start practicing your aim now.

Take a look at a few of the bills from just last session, seeking to expand on who and where and when a gun can be carried/used...This should give you an idea of what we will see again next session. Those who do not want to see the law changed to allow more guns to be taken into all kinds of public places, may do well to contact their law makers NOW and often about this issue. It's going to be a hot topic, for sure.

http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/2391.pdf http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/2685.pdf http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/2674.pdf http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/504.pdf http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/2308.pdf

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geekyhost 3 years, 8 months ago

If they had the votes to override one of his other vetoes, wouldn't they have already done so?

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BABBOY 3 years, 8 months ago

I assure you. Nobody wants me carrying a gun. With my rage, if I had gun on me 24/7, I would have killed 100 of you stupid idiots by now.......

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 8 months ago

Convicted of two DUIs during the last five years.Let him carry a loaded gun onto KU!!

Convicted of carrying under the influence in another state during the last five years.Let him carry a loaded gun onto KU!!

Documented to have attempted suicide during the last five years.Let him carry a loaded gun onto KU!!

Whatever you do, dont let him mow the lawns or mop the floors. He may be dangerous!!

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SouthWestKs 3 years, 8 months ago

2 DWI's don't carry much wait in Kansas.. Looks like they made the law better..

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 8 months ago

My favorite part: "Now, license holders must consent to a [breath] test only if they’ve shot someone."

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kansasmutt 3 years, 8 months ago

Should soneone with 2 DWI ,s be out on the streets ? Jail sounds better.Lets give them a gun, yee haww, make us honest gun owners feel real good about being law obiding people. This states leadership SUCKS. They have no priority of smartness to them. Catchy saying :-)

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Ray Parker 3 years, 8 months ago

That way, Parkinson could be sure his vetos would invite late-term abortionist quacks back to Kansas for more profitable manglings, dismemberings, poisonings, and beheadings of viable babies, not tolerated elsewhere except in barbaric places like Boulder and Albuquerque. Just until Mr. Brownback is sworn in, though, after Pink Slip Tuesday in November. Then we'll pass all the pro-life restrictions we like, whether leftist, activist, baby-hating federal judges like it or not. Keep a good thought.

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kansastruthteller 3 years, 8 months ago

I suppose two ways to look at this. 1. Smart strategic move or placing politics above principles. Since he's not running it really doesn't matter.

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