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Kansas: One Pro-Gun Bill and One Divisive Personal Privacy Bill Expect Action Soon!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As the legislative session continues in Topeka, more Second Amendment-related legislation is making progress.  Two bills currently in Senate committees are expected to be considered in the near future and need your immediate attention.

Last week, Senate Bill 152 was introduced and referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  This NRA-backed legislation would allow any person licensed to carry a firearm to lawfully carry while hunting.  Current statute restricts possession of a firearm during bow season and limits handgun possession to certain legal hunting calibers.  SB 152 would correct a necessary gap in personal protection and make the statutes more uniform.  Since this bill could be heard as early as next week, please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee listed below and respectfully urge them to support SB 152.

Also last week, the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 31, at which the NRA submitted testimony voicing our strong opposition.  The bill would require the NRA to disclose the names, addresses and occupations of anyone who contributes $1000 or more to NRA.

This burdensome and redundant legislation would create a virtual registry of NRA members and politically active gun owners in general.  Current federal law already requires similar information for election-related fundraising for individuals and has never required state governments to duplicate this effort on any level.  The legislation would require Kansas to undertake the monumental task of building a registry to manage and track virtually every politically related donor who has ever given money to any group associated with any election in the state.  This task would be overly expensive and essentially pointless, while only serving as a deterrent for citizens seeking to participate in the democratic process.

Please call the members of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and urge them to oppose SB 31.  Also please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose this bill should it advance beyond the committee process.  It is also important that you call your state Representative because a House companion bill has been introduced as well (House Bill 2153).  To contact your state Senator and Representative please click here.

Senate Natural Resources Committee

Senator Ralph Ostmeyer (R-13), Chairman
Phone: 785-296-7399
Email:Ralph.Ostmeyer@senate.ks.gov

Senator Carolyn McGinn (R-9), Vice Chairman
Phone: 785-296-7377
Email:Carolyn.McGinn@senate.ks.gov

Senator Marci Francisco (D-8), Ranking Minority Member
Phone: 785-296-7364
Email:Marci.Francisco@senate.ks.gov

Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-18)
Phone: 785-296-7362
Email:Mary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov

Senator Terry Bruce (R-36)
Phone: 785-296-7300
Email:Terry.Bruce@senate.ks.gov

Senator Steve Abrams (R-6)
Phone: 785-296-7381
Email:Steve.Abrams@senate.ks.gov

Senator Steve Morris (R-1)
Phone: 785-296-2419
Email:
Steve.Morris@senate.ks.gov

Senator Mark Taddiken (R-4)
Phone: 785-296-7371
Email:Mark.Taddiken@senate.ks.gov

Senator Ruth Teichman (R-11)
Phone: 785-296-7394
Email:Ruth.Teichman@senate.ks.gov

Senator Garrett Love (R-12)
Phone: 785-296-7359
Email:Garrett.Love@senate.ks.gov

Senator Allen Schmidt (D-40)
Phone: 785-296-7366
Email:Allen.Schmidt@senate.ks.gov

Senate Ethics and Elections Committee

Senator Terrie Huntington (R-28) Chairman
Phone: 785-296-7369
Email:
Terrie.Huntington@senate.ks.gov

Senator Vicki Schmidt (R-23) Vice Chair
Phone: 785-296-7374
Email
:Vicki.Schmidt@senate.ks.gov

Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-21) Ranking Minority Member
Phone: 785-296-7387
Email
:Oletha.Faust-Goudeau@senate.ks.gov

Senator Pat Apple (R-29)
Phone: 785-296-7368
Email
:Pat.Apple@senate.ks.gov

Senator Roger Reitz (R-22)
Phone: 785-296-7360
Email
:Roger.Reitz@senate.ks.gov

Senator Pete Brungardt (R-24)
Phone: 785-296-7390
Email:Pete.Brungardt@senate.ks.gov

Senator Dick Kelsey (R-26)
Phone: 785-296-7367
Email:
Dick.Kelsey@senate.ks.gov

Senator Mike Petersen (R-28)
Phone: 785-296-7355
Email
:Mike.Petersen@senate.ks.gov

Senator Kelly Kultala (D-5)
Phone: 785-296-7357
Email:Kelly.Kultala@senate.ks.gov

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