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Kansas governor signs bill to bar guns from domestic abusers

April 20, 2018

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TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed legislation making it illegal under Kansas law for people convicted of domestic violence to own guns.

The new law takes effect next week after Colyer acted Friday. The new law also will make it illegal for fugitives, people under protection from stalking and abuse orders and people in the country illegally to own or possess firearms.

Federal law already prohibits domestic abusers from possessing firearms for five years following a conviction. The new Kansas law will allow state prosecution of offenders. Supporters say that's important because federal prosecutors rarely take up the cases.

The gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America lobbied for the measure and law enforcement groups supported it.

The legislation had broad support. Colyer is a gun-rights backer.

Comments

Steve Hicks 1 month ago

This sounds like a step in the right direction: and it's good to see Kansas government (for once) enacting commonsense compliance with federal gun-laws. Maybe the rebellious (and politically self-serving) pose of "protecting" Kansans from federal gun-law "over-reach" is going out of vogue in Topeka.

It makes sense that it be illegal for domestic-abusers and "fugitives" to possess firearms. But "people under protection from stalking and abuse orders" and "people in the country" ?

Am I somehow misunderstanding that sentence ?

Andrew Applegarth 1 month ago

I believe by under it means "restricted by" and not "protected by". It's poorly written for sure.

Mari Aubuchon 1 month ago

This means those who are under orders for protection from stalking and abuse.

The second one means people who are in the country illegally.

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

So which category did the young man who killed Parkland students fall under?

Bob Smith 1 month ago

He was in the category that benefitted from the reign of error's PROMISE program.

Steve Hicks 1 month ago

Thanks, Andrew and Mari, for helping clarify.

Poorly written sentence and wording, for sure.

Bob Smith 1 month ago

Mirroring a federal law that has been on the books for years. If Kansas will prosecute offenders and throw the book at them, hooray.

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