Today, the Senate Ways and Means Committee considered Senate Bill 235. Having only been introduced on Monday, referred to a different committee and heard today, this legislation has already taken an unprecedented route. Following that trend, state Senator Jim Denning used a procedural move called a “gut-and-go” amendment to input the language of SB 235 into an unrelated House bill (House Bill 2278) that would allow HB 2278 to completely circumvent the House committee process as well as any official public input or chance to amend. This action is unacceptable. Similar language to SB 235 has already been defeated twice this year and Senator Denning is attempting to prevent a third defeat. Senate Bill 235 has now been replaced by House Bill 2278. Please contact your state Senator, as well as Senator Jim Denning, and immediately urge them to oppose House Bill 2278.
House Bill 2278 seeks to make it unlawful for individuals to carry a firearm for self-defense into a state or municipal-owned medical care facility, including the Kansas University Hospital. This legislation goes further to prevent the lawful carry of a firearm into community health centers and state or municipal-owned adult care homes. This bill is a solution in search of a problem, and it places an arbitrary boundary on your right to self-defense.
Again, please contact your state Senator, as well as Senator Jim Denning, and immediately urge them to oppose House Bill 2278.