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Kansans soon to be allowed to carry hidden guns without permits

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Kansas becomes the fifth state in the nation to allow its residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.  Governor Sam Brownback signed the legislation today.  It gives owners more rights.  But opponents of this measure caution more rights can mean more responsibility.

Kansas joins Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming in having this no-permit-required law.

Some Kansas residents are taking aim and shooting down this new gun law.

"Ultimately, I think the goal of this law was to make Kansans feel more secure," says Troy Bastion, a conceal and carry permit instructor.

Regardless of the intent of this new law, Bastion is against it.

"There is no margin for error," says Bastion.

Kansans will still have to go through a background check before purchasing a gun.  But a carry and conceal permit is no longer required to carry a concealed shotgun.  Bastion's carry and conceal classes are usually $80.

"It's an eight hour course that involves training in basic gun handling, marksmanship, Kansas law, and proper carry," says Bastion.

Bastion says the training also includes the importance of letting police know about a concealed gun.  Without this proper training and certification...

"Could, inevitably, in the long run, be folly," says Bastion.

Other people say it's just too easy to pull the trigger of opinion.  Bradley Herold says he passed his carry and conceal course.  He says it was too easy.  So why bother requiring it?

"Unless you don't pass your practical fire, you will pass that course," says Herold.

Herold and Bastion agree, the full effect of the new law is concealed.  But only for the time being.

This new law takes effect July first.  Kansas will still issue permits for gun owners who want to carry concealed guns in other states.

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