Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Kansas is set to enact what appears to be a first-of-its-kind state law pushed by the National Rifle Association to restrict the use of public money on lobbying or advocacy on gun-control issues.
The measure is seen as a strong statement on gun rights. But it also may be a hard-to-enforce limit on what public officials can do to advocate on either side of the gun debate.
The law takes effect next month. It aims to prevent local governments and school districts from spending the state funds they receive to hire contract lobbyists to push or oppose gun-control policies at the local, state or federal level.
The state also couldn't hire lobbyists on gun-control issues in Washington.
The NRA sees the law as a model for other states.