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Kansas: Two Pro-Gun Bills Advance in Topeka

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Kansas Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee approved Senate Bill 45, which would prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to promote gun control in any fashion.  SB 45 is now eligible for final approval in the state Senate.  SB 45, introduced by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, is a common sense reform that would help preserve the rights of taxpayers to ensure that public funds are not used to pursue a political agenda against legal products.  Other states allow taxpayer funds to finance expensive advertisement campaigns that demonize perfectly legal products – from everyday consumer products, to firearms and ammunition.   SB 45 would prohibit this practice in Kansas and ensure that public money is not used to put  the rights of law-abiding gun owners in the crosshairs of an agency with a political agenda.  Please contact your state Senator and politely urge his or her support for Senate Bill 45.

In other pro-gun action, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing for legislation that would expand the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  Senate Bill 21, introduced by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, would make a number of technical, but significant improvements to the state Right-to-Carry laws.  This bill has already cleared the Senate and will be heard in the House committee on Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00 am.

SB 21 is a Right-to-Carry reform that would make a number of important changes.  The most substantial change would allow for universal recognition of non-resident carry permits.  In other words, any law-abiding visitor from out-of-state with a valid state-issued carry permit would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun in Kansas.  This change would not only benefit concealed carry permit holders in other states but it will also make it more likely that other states will recognize Kansas’ carry permit.

Also under SB 21, new Kansas residents who hold a valid concealed carry permit from their previous state of residence would be able to instantly apply for a Kansas permit instead of waiting to acquire their official Kansas resident status.  New residents would be granted a temporary “180-day receipt” to carry on their old permit while their application is considered and processed.  The state Attorney General would also be able to create a list of states which meet or exceed Kansas’ requirements and that would automatically qualify for recognition for issuance of a Kansas permit.

Please contact members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and urge them to support SB 21 when it is heard next week.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you as more details become available.

House Federal and State Affairs Committee:

Representative Arlen Siegfried – Chairman
Phone: 785 368-7166
Email:arlen.siegfreid@house.ks.gov

Representative Steve Brunk – Vice Chairman
Phone: 785 296-7645
Email:steve.brunk@house.ks.gov

Representative Louis Ruiz
Phone: 785 296-7122
Email:louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov

Representative Larry Campbell
Phone: 785 296-7632
Email:larry.campbell@house.ks.gov

Representative J.R. Claeys
Phone: 785 296-7670
Email:jrclaeys@house.ks.gov

Representative Susan Concannon
Phone: 785 296-7677
Email:susan.concannon@house.ks.gov

Representative Ken Corbet
Phone: 785 296-7679
Email:ken.corbet@house.ks.gov

Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady
Phone: 785 296-4683
Email:travis.couture-lovelady@house.ks.gov

Representative Willie Dove
Phone: 785 296-7670
Email:willie.dove@house.ks.gov

Representative John Ewy
Phone: 785 296-7105
Email:john.ewy@house.ks.gov

Representative Shanti Ghandi
Phone: 785 296-7672
Email:shanti.gandhi@house.ks.gov

Representative Broderick Henderson
Phone: 785 296-7697
Email:broderick.henderson@house.ks.gov

Representative Brett Hildabrand
Phone: 785 296-7659
Email:brett.hildabrand@house.ks.gov

Representative Michael Houser
Phone: 785 296-7679
Email:michael.houser@house.ks.gov

Representative Robert Montgomery
Phone: 785 296-7677
Email:bob.montgomery@house.ks.gov

Representative Emily Perry
Phone: 785 296-7669
Email:emily.perry@house.ks.gov

Representative Mike Peterson
Phone: 785 296-7371
Email:michael.peterson@house.ks.gov

Representative Reid Petty
Phone: 785 296-7676
Email:reid.petty@house.ks.gov

Representative Marty Read
Phone: 785 296-7310
Email:marty.read@house.ks.gov

Representative Allan Rothlisberg
Phone: 785 296-7653
Email:allan.rothlisberg@house.ks.gov

Representative Annie Tietze
Phone: 785 296-7668
Email:annie.tietze@house.ks.gov

Representative Ponka-We Victors
Phone: 785 296-7651
Email:ponka-we.victors@house.ks.gov

Representative Troy Waymaster
Phone: 785 296-7672
Email:troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov

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