Gov. Sam Brownback signed bipartisan legislation Thursday adding Kansas to the short list of states allowing unlicensed possession of concealed firearms and eliminating a weapons training mandate for people carrying hidden guns in public places. Brownback praised work in support of the bill by members of the Kansas State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said Kansas' new permitless conceal-carry law was an appropriate extension of the state's permitless open carry statute. Both allow law-abiding people to exercise a fundamental right to self-protection, Cox said.