On Thursday, March 26, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1611 passed out of the Kansas State House by a vote of 116 to 9. SCR 1611, sponsored by State Senator Mike Petersen (R-28), is a constitutional amendment that would change the wording of Section 4 of the Kansas Constitution to specifically preserve and reflect an individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms, not a collective right. SCR 1611 will now be put on the 2010 General Election Ballot.
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. SCR 1611 would change that and preserve an individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms, as the U.S. Constitution does under the Heller decision.
Please thank your State Representative today if he or she supported this important legislation. Contact information for your Representative can be found here.