Yesterday, Senate Bill 45 passed in the Kansas Senate by a 31 to 7 vote. This permitless carry legislation will now be transmitted to the Kansas House of Representatives where it will be assigned to committee.
Authored by Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce (R-34), SB 45 recognizes Kansans’ freedom to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Kansas concealed carry handgun license (CCHL). SB 45 is a necessary update to concealed carry in Kansas, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their loved ones. In Kansas, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a CCHL.
This legislation gives Kansans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. However, this legislation would also keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that Kansas has with other states.
Please thank those state Senators who voted in support of this important Right to Carry reform and begin contacting your state Representative, encouraging him or her to vote for SB 45 when it comes before them.
Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this bill is assigned to a House committee.