Bill To Amend Kansas’ Right To Bear Arms On Ballot

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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October 12, 2010

Kansans have a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to clarify that the right to bear arms is an individual right, not a collective right.

"I feel very strongly that the individual should have the right to carry firearms and protect themselves and their families," said Don Holman, Bullet Shop owner.

A 1905 Kansas Supreme Court interpreted it as a collective, not an individual, right.

The Kansas Constitution currently states:
The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security

The amendment language reads:
A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose

Last year, the Kansas Senate and House both passed the bill for the amendment with more than a two-thirds vote. Now, voters can decide on passing the amendment for the Nov. 2 election ballot.

"It gives people an opportunity to vote on it. They have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment," State Representative Jo Ann Pottorff said.

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