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New Gun, Tax Laws To Go Into Effect

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The Kansas legislature passed bills at the end of the session that will raise the states sales tax and change the laws on carrying a concealed weapon. The new laws go into effect tomorrow, along with nearly 80 other laws that begin July 1.

The statewide sales tax will increase from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent.

Taxes on cigarettes will also go up 50 cents a pack to $1.29.

Another new law affects gun owners. It allows people who are 21 and older and not otherwise prohibited from owning a gun to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. However, Kansans would not be exempt from permit laws in other states.

Below is the text for both House Bill 2109, the tax bill, and Senate Bill 45, which amends the state's concealed carry laws. You can see a full list of the laws passed during the 113-day legislative session here.


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