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Kansas House Committee Votes To Ease Concealed Carry Rules

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A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would allow people over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in Kansas without a permit. State law currently requires training and a background check before residents can carry a concealed gun.

Republican Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady says Kansans shouldn’t have to ask for permission from the government to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

“And I think the citizens of Kansas have proved that they are able to safely carry concealed without problems,” says Couture-Lovelady.

Democratic Representative John Wilson says training and background checks increase public safety, particularly in the case of concealed weapons.

“Though I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I think this bill goes too far too fast in removing any and all regard for safety when it comes to carrying a concealed handgun,” says Wilson.

The bill has already passed the Senate. It now goes to the full Kansas House for consideration.