With the signature of Gov. Sam Brownback on April 2, Kansas has officially joined five other states that permit residents to carry concealed firearms for personal protection without the need to obtain a permit or special training.
Senate Bill 45 previously passed the state Senate in February and was subsequently approved by the House by 85-39 margin. Referred to as a “constitutional carry” bill by supporters, the measure received wide support from gun rights advocacy groups such as the NRA and National Association for Gun Rights. Set to take effect on July 1, Kansas will become the sixth state in the country to allow constitutional carry within its borders, joining Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, and Wyoming.
The Kansas measure allows residents age 21 and older to carry concealed firearms regardless of whether they have obtained a permit. Training will continue to be required for anyone who wants to carry a concealed gun in the 36 reciprocity states honoring Kansas permits.
In the signing ceremony, Brownback told those in attendance that carrying a firearm is right protected by the U.S. Constitution.
“We’re saying that if you want (to carry) in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government,” Brownback was quoted as saying in the Kansas City Star. “It is a Constitutional right, and we’re removing a barrier to that right.”
Similar measures received approval by wide margins during the current legislative sessions in both West Virginia and Montana, but both were vetoed by those states’ Democratic governors. At this time it is not known if those legislatures will mount veto override efforts.
And this week a constitutional carry bill was introduced in Ohio to allow anyone 21 or older to carry any firearm not banned by state or federal law without a permit. Ohio House Bill 147 would also prohibit law enforcement from searching and detaining otherwise law-abiding citizens based solely on the possession of a firearm.
Rep. Jim Buchy, (R-Greenville), is one of 20 cosponsors of the bill.
“I have a long-standing tradition of being in support of Second Amendment issues,” said Buchy. “It is the right of Ohioans to protect themselves.”
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