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New Gun legislation heads to Kansas Governor

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As the number of concealed carry permits across the state of Kansas continues to rise, new legislation is banning governmental officials from questioning whether an employee has a permit to carry a handgun. But how will this legislation affect Southeast Kansas?

Within the last years many of the "no weapons allowed" signs have hung in court houses and public buildings across the state, but they left many who have a conceal carry permit with questions.

"It wasn't really clear after last years legislation whether employees were able to carry conceal, and if they were, were they required to notify their department head that they were doing so." says Cherokee County Sheriff, Dave Groves.


 A bill that passed Saturday defines the rights of gun carriers.  Specifically, the proposed legislation would allow those who work in public buildings to carry concealed weapons with the proper permit.
But some ask...is there a need to carry in a place where protection is already in place?

"I think that the conscientious concealed carry holder, and what we certainly talk about in class is...is there really a need to carry your gun into city hall or into the county courthouse? The public library? PSU? Is it really necessary to do that?" says Crawford County Resident, Troy Bastian.
Bastian is a certified conceal carry instructor. While he recognizes individuals' right to carry concealed, he stresses the importance of making mindful decisions on choosing when and where to carry.
"There's an armed deputy or number of deputies there on duty during business hours. And those people are very highly trained to resolve issues that may come up while in their course of duties." he says.
The bill also proposes a consistency across the state for carrying firearms.
 "A resident may be obeying the law in his or her town, and then travel to another city within kansas and be violating that law. So what this legislation does is make things uniform and consistent throughout the state so regardless of where you go, as long as you're obeying the gun laws that are appropriate for your area, you're going to be obeying them everywhere." Groves explains.

The bill also:
•  Requires local law enforcement chiefs to approve transfers of machine guns to private buyers within 15 days of receiving the request, or provide a specific reason not to approve the transfer. "A generalized belief by the chief law enforcement officer that certain firearms have no lawful purpose and that certain persons should not possess such firearms shall not be sufficient reason to deny certification," the bill explanation said.
• Mandates that law enforcement agencies auction off firearms that they seize in crime investigations, unless the gun had been used in a homicide.
• Prohibits open carrying of firearms in private businesses that are prominently posted as not allowing weapons.
• Establishes penalties for openly carrying a gun when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Frees cities and counties from liability if an employee commits a wrongful act with a firearm.
• Bans local governments from using taxpayer money for gun "buy-back" programs to remove weapons from circulation.
The bill received final approval on a vote of 102-19.

The new legislation has passed through the house and senate. It now heads to Governor Brownback for approval.



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