No matter what your personal beliefs about firearms, automatic rifles, concealed carry, high-capacity magazines, background checks and other gun-related issues, there seems to be something preciously inane about a measure that’s being shepherded through the Kansas Legislature.
Wednesday, a House committee OK’d a bill called the Second Amendment Protection Act that says any personal firearm, accessory or ammunition that’s owned or manufactured in Kansas and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law. This seems to mean that if federal authorities try to enforce any kind of rule on a firearm, those officers could be arrested and imprisoned.
The office of the Kansas attorney general offered its perspective on the proposal, noting problems with that specific provision of the legislation, but those concerns were insufficient to deter consideration of the measure. It passed the House Federal and State Affairs committee without opposition on a voice vote. Now it’s on its way to the full House of Representatives.
The AG’s office apparently was less persuasive than the Kansas Medical Society, which objected to another provision of the legislation that would have blocked physicians from asking whether a patient owned a gun. The doctors said they needed to be free to make such an inquiry as a precaution when dealing, for example, with depressed individuals. That language was cut from the bill, although several committee members said they may bring it up again later.
Sometimes, when consideration of something like the state fossil or lizard becomes the subject of legislation, we wonder whether our lawmakers don’t have more important matters to address. But this specious Second Amendment Protection Act business makes us yearn for a focus on flora or fauna.