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On May 16, Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) of Kansas publicly announced her disapproval House Bill 2359 but let it become law without her signature. The bill’s intention was to correct a drafting error that was made in the 2006 personal protection act, and it also allowed individuals who have had their records expunged to defend themselves and apply for a concealed carry permit. “Since vetoing the conceal carry law in 2006, I have continued to hear from police chiefs and other law enforcement officials, members of the clergy, health care workers and employers throughout our state that concealed weapons make our citizens less safe and secure. While every law-abiding Kansan has a right to keep and bear arms, hidden weapons make it harder for law enforcement to do its job. HB 2359 further erodes our public safety by allowing people who have been convicted of certain felonies to obtain a conceal carry permit. I recognize that a veto of this bill would certainly be overridden as it received nearly unanimous support in both chambers. However, to sign it into law would be against my convictions and inconsistent with my previous vetoes. Therefore, I am choosing to let HB 2359 become law without my signature.”
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