UPDATE: Kansas House Gives Approval To 3 Gun Laws

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

Thursday, March 14, 2014

The Kansas House has approved three proposals to alter the state's gun regulations, including expanding the locations where concealed weapons could be carried.

The bills passed with broad support Thursday and head to the Senate for consideration.

One measure would let school districts and state colleges designate employees who could carry concealed firearms inside their buildings, even if such weapons were banned for others.

The bill also would expand the number of public buildings where people with a state permit could bring concealed weapons, including the Statehouse.

Some lawmakers were in the minority, who did not support some of those bills.

"I had some reservations about concealed carry on college campuses here in Kansas. I think from some of the letters, emails, and phone calls I got, I think that was warranted," said Rep. Virgil Weigel, D-Topeka.

Another measure declares that the federal government cannot regulate firearms manufactured, sold and kept in Kansas.

"While the front issue or the visible issue is about guns, the issue behind that is about Second Amendment protections and also 10th Amendment protections," said Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, who helped introduce House Bill 2199.

The proposals are a reaction to discussions about new federal gun-control measures after December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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The Kansas House is preparing to vote on three proposals to alter the state's gun regulations, including expanding the locations where concealed weapons could be carried.

Approval of the bills Thursday would send them to the Senate.

One measure would let school districts and state colleges designate employees who could carry concealed firearms inside their buildings, even if such weapons were banned for others.

The bill also would expand the number of public buildings where people with a state permit could bring concealed weapons, including the Statehouse.

Another measure declares that the federal government cannot regulate firearms manufactured, sold and kept in Kansas.

The proposals are a reaction to discussions about new gun-control measures by federal officials in the wake of December's mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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