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NRA-Backed Bill Passes Kansas House of Representatives and Moves to the Senate for Consideration!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Please Contact Committee Members Today!

On February 18, the Kansas House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass House Bill 2013.  HB 2013 would repeal the current statute, which only allows Kansans to purchase long guns in Kansas and contiguous states. If passed this legislation would allow Kansans the freedom to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states without violating state code. 

The intent of HB 2013 is to clean up Kansas’ firearm code and to remove a provision that became obsolete with the enactment of the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA).  Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states.  Such sales could occur, moreover, only if “the purchaser’s State of residence permit[ted] such sale or delivery by law.” Thus, states around the country passed provisions specifically allowing their residents to buy long guns from FFLs in contiguous states. 

FOPA, however, removed both the contiguous states limitation and the requirement that the purchaser’s state of residence specifically authorize the purchase of long guns.  Now, interstate sales of rifles and shotguns can occur between FFLs and residents of any state, as long as “the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States.”  Thus, the relevant question isn’t whether a state specifically permits interstate long gun sales, but whether the state has enacted any laws that would prevent them.  The NRA supports repealing this old contiguous state provision because it is unnecessary, the “contiguous state” language can be misleading, and because such provisions create the false impression that the right to acquire arms is merely a privilege granted by the state, not a right that some states have taken away from their citizens. Besides, federal law requires that purchasers of all firearms from FFLs in all states must clear NICS.

HB 2013 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs and could be heard any day. 

Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs and urge them to support HB 2013.  Contact information for the Committee on Federal and State Affairs can be found by clicking here.

Also, please contact your state Representative today and thank him or her for supporting HB 2013!  Contact information or help identifying your state Representative can be found by clicking here.

Please keep checking your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for further updates on HB 2013.

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