Oregon became the first state to pass a gun control law and have it signed into law since the Florida school shooting. Other states are working on various laws, including Florida and Kansas.
On Monday, the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee passed two gun bills which could be defined as coming from both directions – pro gun control and pro gun rights. The pro gun control bill would ban anyone from owing or possessing a firearm if they have been convicted of domestic violence or who has had a protection order served against them.
The pro gun rights bill would allow for the state of Kansas to honor and recognize the conceal carry permits from other states.
(The Topeka Capital-Journal) – A Senate committee approved a pair of gun bills Monday featuring provisions intended to keep firearms out of the hands of people engaged in domestic violence and to allow Kansas to begin recognizing concealed-carry permits issued by other states.
Members of the Republican-dominated Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee eagerly lauded the domestic violence reform, which was adopted 120-0 by the House. Kansans would be prohibited under the bill from possessing a gun if convicted of domestic abuse or if subject to a protection order issued by a judge.
The Senate committee did vote to amend House Bill 2145 to make it legal under state law for people to possess firearm sound suppressors manufactured, purchased and possessed within Kansas.
The committee also agreed to strip from Senate Bill 2042 a provision lowering the minimum age for carrying a concealed weapon from 21 to 18, as well as a section enabling public universities to restrict the privilege of carrying concealed to people with a state permit. In Kansas, permits require training, a background check and payment of a fee…
The Kansas Senate currently consists of 9 Democrats and 31 Republicans. With the passage of the measures by the House and the Senate committee, passage of both bills likely. Governor Jeff Colyer is also a Republican, who became governor when Sam Brownback was confirmed as the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Colyer is expected to sign both bills if they reach his desk.