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Kansas: Important Pro-Second Amendment Resolution Needs Your Help!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Please Contact Your State Legislators Today!

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1611, recently introduced by State Senator Mike Petersen (R-28), would fix a century old problem with the Kansas State Constitution. 

This constitutional amendment would change the wording of Section 4 of the Kansas Constitution to preserve and reflect an individual right, not a collective one.  A 1905 Kansas Supreme Court ruling stated that the original language of Section 4 of the Kansas Constitution, as written, protects a “collective right,” not an “individual right.”  For over 100 years, this misguided interpretation of Kansas' Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment has limited and endangered law-abiding gun owners’ freedoms.  SCR1611 would amend the state constitution to say that "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose." 

Only 27 votes are needed for passage in the Senate.  Currently, the resolution has 28 cosponsors and supporters.  SCR1611 still needs to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee before being heard by the full Senate.  If passed by a two-thirds majority of the Senate and House, the resolution would be placed on the 2010 ballot for Kansas voters to consider.

Please contact your State Senator TODAY and thank them for their support in cosponsoring this resolution.  Also, please contact your State Representative and respectfully encourage them to support this resolution when it moves to the House.  Contact information for your State Legislators can be found here.

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