Today, Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed House Bill 2052 into law. This new law takes effect on July 1, 2013.
HB 2052 will make the following pro-gun improvements in Kansas:
- Exempts the lawful discharge of firearms—whether for hunting or self-defense—from criminal prosecution.
- Requires that government and public buildings that prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense must screen all visitors for weapons. This would ensure that ALL individuals 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 residents with a concealed carry license would be allowed to carry a firearm to protect themselves while visiting that particular building.
- Makes the personal information of concealed carry license applicants confidential and exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.
- Exempts law enforcement officers from the training requirements necessary to obtain a concealed carry license.
- Authorizes school officials to allow staffers and visitors to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.
The NRA thanks Governor Brownback for enacting this important reform in the Sunflower State.