Kansas Files Friend-Of-Court In Concealed Carry Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state has joined 13 other states supporting a lawsuit over Maryland's restrictions on concealed-carry permits.

Schmidt said Thursday that he added Kansas to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in an appeals court case being heard in Virginia. The court is reviewing a Maryland district court ruling that struck down a requirement that residents must give a reason for needing a concealed-carry permit.

Schmidt says the government does not have the right to ask citizens why they want a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Kansas is one of 39 states with a concealed-carry law that doesn't require a reason for needing the license.

Ten states, including Maryland, have more restricted concealed-carry laws.

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