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Kansas gun-rights moving again after compromises

March 12, 2014

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— A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms is moving again through the Legislature after supporters stripped out two provisions preventing the state House from considering it.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee rewrote the bill Wednesday and approved it a second time. The full House is likely to debate it by next week.

The committee had approved the bill in February, but the measure hadn't come up for debate.

One reason was a provision allowing gun owners to carry loaded firearms in their vehicles statewide, instead of having the practice regulated by local ordinances. Law enforcement groups objected.

The second provision stripped from the bill would have allowed juveniles to possess firearms with the permission of parents or guardians.

Comments

Jason Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't see what's wrong with loaded guns in vehicles. We used to have loaded rifles in our pickups back home (small farm town in Nebraska) in the school parking lot, and exactly zero accidents.

James Howlette 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, good for you. Get a concealed carry permit, and you can continue to carry a loaded gun in your car.

Jason Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

Already have one, thanks. I just don't see the issue. Why regulate what doesn't need to be regulated?

James Howlette 1 year, 5 months ago

Why override local regulation with this new regulation? Why not let the cities handle it themselves, so long as they're not doing something unconstitutional? What is the harm in requiring someone to either unload their weapon or get a CC permit?

If nobody had ever had an accidental discharge from an improperly stored weapon in their car, you might have a point. But that's just not the case. http://www.safety.marines.mil/Portals/92/Docs/Neg_Discharges_Jan_2010.pdf

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