“Responsible gun ownership, for protection and sport, is a right inherent in our Constitution,” said the Republican governor. “It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting.”
Prior to the bill’s passage, Kansas residents had to complete eight hours of training, pass a background check and pay a $132.50 fee to obtain a concealed carry permit. Now residents can carry without having to satisfy those requirements.
“I strongly encourage anyone who has a gun – for protection or sport – to take advantage of existing safety training courses,” Brownback said.
One can still obtain a Kansas-issued concealed carry permit for out-of-state reciprocity purposes, i.e. it would allow one to travel into other states with a concealed firearm.
SB-45 was backed by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members, we want to thank Governor Brownback and Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce for their leadership on this critical issue,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA-ILA.
“This new law is a common sense measure that allows law-abiding Kansans to exercise their fundamental right to self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs,” added Cox.
Not surprisingly, the bill was opposed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America which pointed to a study showing that 78 percent of Kansans opposed changing the concealed carry issuing standard.
“Moms, gun violence survivors, gun shop owners and plenty of other Kansans spoke out against this dangerous setback for public safety,” said TerriLynn Barnett Miller, of the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Governor Brownback ignored us, looked the other way and our state will be less safe as a result.”
Kansas is now one of a handful of states — Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, Wyoming and Montana (in rural areas) — that have Constitutional carry laws on the books.