PA Bill Number: HB1340
Title: In inchoate crimes, further providing for the offense of use or possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device.
Description: In inchoate crimes, further providing for the offense of use or possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device. ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: May 5, 2021
Kansas Lawmakers Buck Governor, Override Veto Of Carry Bill :: 05/04/2021
Eighteen-year olds will be able to lawfully carry a firearm in the state of Kansas, after the state legislature overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the proposal on Monday.
Kelly, a Democrat governor in a state with a Republican supermajority in the legislature, rejected the bill because what she claimed were concerns over young college students lawfully carrying on campus. Republicans scoffed at Kelly’s argument and quickly undid the veto in a session that also saw the GOP majority in the House and Senate override Kelly’s veto of several other legislative items.
We heard Democrats say the same thing when campus carry took effect a few years ago, but there’s virtually no evidence that the carry laws in Kansas are causing students to stay away.
Adults 18 and older can already openly carry a firearm in the state without a license, though that doesn’t apply on college campuses. Now those young adults will be able to lawfully in the same places where gun owners over the age of 21 have already had that right.
If that’s already happening, then recognizing the right of responsible gun owners to carry starting at 18-years of age isn’t going to change what young criminals are doing.
On the other hand, allowing 18, 19, and 20-year olds to go through the training to receive a concealed carry license may teach some of those folks respect for firearms. Rather than objecting to the bill, Ruiz should be glad to see the expanded opportunities for training and education.
That’s not how anti-gun politicians operate, however. Every pro-gun bill is an opportunity to scream that the sky is falling and the gun apocalypse is upon us, and by the time their predictions fail to come true, they’ve already moved on to freaking out about the latest piece of pro-2A legislation that’s been introduced in the statehouse.
This new law isn’t going to lead to the “Wild, Wild, West,” but it will hopefully lead to more young adults obtaining their concealed carry license and legally exercising their Second Amendment rights.