The Kansas House of Representatives approved two pro-gun reforms today. House Bill 2055, allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in any public buildings that lack adequate security, passed by an 84 to 38 vote. Also, House Bill 2052, exempting citizens from prosecution if they discharge a firearm legally whether for hunting or self-defense, passed by a 121 to 2 vote. Both of these pro-gun bills will now go to the Kansas Senate where they will be assigned to appropriate committees for further consideration.
HB 2055, introduced by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, would be a significant step towards reducing the number of “gun-free zones” that are so often the targets of crime. Under this bill, any government or public building that prohibits the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense would be required to screen all visitors for weapons ensuring that ALL people who enter the buildings are disarmed, not just the law-abiding citizens who choose to follow the law. If a building lacks the adequate security measures necessary to screen all visitors, then citizens with a concealed carry license would be allowed to carry a firearm to protect themselves while visiting that particular building.
HB 2052, introduced by state Representative Ken Corbet (R-54), would shield citizens who legally discharge a firearm within city limits – whether for hunting or self-defense – from ridiculous criminal prosecution. In some Kansas cities, residents who have used a firearm to defend themselves and their loved ones from violent attack have been criminally prosecuted for violating the city ban on discharge of a firearm. Under this bill, Kansas residents across the state would no longer have to choose between self-defense and going to court.
Thank you to the state Representatives who voted for these pro-gun reforms and to NRA members who contacted their state legislators in support of them.