Topeka A House committee Wednesday approved a bill that could lead to the imprisonment of federal authorities who try to enforce federal gun laws in Kansas.
House Bill 2199 was approved on a voice vote without opposition by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and will next be considered by the full House.
Called the Second Amendment Protection Act, the measure says that any personal firearm, accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured in Kansas and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law. And under the bill, federal authorities trying to enforce any kind of rule on such a firearm would face possible prison time.
The Kansas attorney general's office noted problems with this provision, saying if Kansas officers tried to prevent federal authorities from enforcing federal gun laws, the Kansas officers could face charges of obstruction of justice.
But the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, disagreed with that analysis.
Rubin, however, did agree to strike from the bill an earlier provision that would have prohibited doctors from inquiring whether a patient owns a gun.
The Kansas Medical Society opposed that provision, saying that sometimes physicians seek information about guns at home as a safety precaution when treating patients who may be depressed or taking medications.
Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, said the provision needed to be removed to make the legislation more acceptable.
"We want this to go out with the band playing and the colors flying," Brunk said.
Even though the provision was removed, several committee members indicated they wanted to bring up the physician prohibition later as an amendment to the bill or possibly in another bill.