An NRA-backed permitless carry bill is on its way to the desk of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback after both the state House and Senate approved the legislation on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 45, as it’s known, would remove the state’s concealed carry permitting process for Kansas residents, which includes a background check, an eight-hour training requirement and a $132.50 fee. Residents could still obtain a state-issued CCW permit for reciprocity purposes, i.e. one that would allow them to travel into other states with a concealed firearm.
Brownback, a Republican, is expected to sign the bill into law making Kansas one of only a handful of states — Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, Wyoming and Montana (in rural areas) — that have Constitutional carry laws on the books.
“Kansans already have two documents granting them the right to concealed carry — the Constitution of the United States and the Kansas Constitution,” Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-Palco) told KCTV 5. “That should be all they need.”
Under current Kansas law, any law-abiding citizen can already carry a firearm openly without having to pass a background check or satisfy a training requirement, which supporters used to make their case to scrap the old issuing standard.
Yet opponents of the bill raised concerns about what will happen if more individuals are carrying concealed firearms without having to be taught basic gun safety.
“I have concerns with the type of culture that we’re creating, when guns are in more places, particularly among children,” said Rep. John Wilson (D-Lawrence).
“If I walk into a restaurant with my family with my 2 1/2-year-old son, I won’t know who has been properly trained and who has not,” he continued. “At least if I see their gun I can leave, but now I have no idea.”
Meanwhile, the NRA is urging members and gun-rights supporters to contact Brownback and “politely urge him to sign SB45 into law.”