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Kansas Will Allow Concealed Weapons Without Permits

Kansas Will Allow Concealed Weapons Without Permits


Kansas is about to approve a concealed weapons initiative, without a permit for residents, after the state Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The weapons initiative, has now passed to the governor, Republican Sam Brownback, despite the apprehension of some officials to eliminate the state requirement that anyone carrying a concealed weapon enroll in at least eight hours of training.

Brownback’s office did not say what his plans were, but since coming to office in January 2011 he has banned all gun rights measures.

Kansas became the fifth state to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit within its borders, according to the NRA.

“Carrying a gun is a lifestyle,” said Rep Travis Couture-Lovelady. “The government must rely on its citizens.”

The House passed the bill on Wednesday with a vote of 85 to 39.

The Senate gave its approval last month, but a House committee introduced a technical change that senators had to revise stated Jamie Garcia Dias.

The Senate accepted the bill by 31-8, about two hours after the House vote.

The House also approved, by 100 to 24, a bill that prohibits cities and counties to impose taxes and excise duties on weapons or arms sales. This initiative follows another last year that sought to override local restrictions and now goes to the Senate.