Archive for Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kansas makes gun rights change to its constitution

November 2, 2010


— Kansas voters have amended the state constitution to clarify the individual right to own firearms.

The proposed amendment provoked little controversy and had bipartisan support before its overwhelming approval Tuesday.

Before the change, the Kansas Constitution said: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security."

With Tuesday's vote, that section now states: "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose."


SnakeFist 7 years, 7 months ago

Glad we clarified that pressing issue.

BitterClinger 7 years, 7 months ago

Must be a HUGE hidden gun culture in Lawrence as every single precinct the Yes on 1 vote is ahead of the negative!! There is hope for change after all!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

No, it was largely a pointless issue, and lots of voters just flipped a coin.

Nikki May 7 years, 7 months ago

Or people didn't really understand it. I had to read it twice to figure out what it was really asking.

DillonBarnes 7 years, 7 months ago

I think this is true of most ballot measures. However, there are resources for one to inform his/herself of the ballot measures before going to the polls. Just as you (hopefully) base your vote on more than just the letter next the candidate, you can educate yourself on the issues at hand before the date. That being said, I fully understand how confusing these things can be written, that's why I go into the booth knowing how I want to vote before hand.

redneck 7 years, 7 months ago

In 1905 Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state's constitution gives the right to bear arms to groups (like malitias), but doesn't guarantee that same right to individuals. This just gives the same rights to individuals. This could be a very big issue in the future.

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