The lead sponsor of the bill, Senate Majority Leader, Terry Bruce (R-Nickerson) said that the bill was common sense and advances gun rights. He explained that people in the state already have the right to carry their guns openly on the street and that criminals don’t bother to get concealed carry permits anyway.
“We have had conceal carry on the books for about 10 years, and each year we relax some of the standards or some of the prohibitions where you can conceal carry, and we have had success with it,” Bruce said in an interview with TV station KSHB.
The state has issued concealed carry permits since 2007 and the bill would still allow people who wish to carry a concealed weapon in another state that recognizes Kansas permits to apply for a permit, it just wouldn’t be needed to carry within the state.
It appears that legislators in the state are attempting to return Kansas to the days of the old west when disputes were settled quickly and without the cost and bother of involving the courts. Last year they passed a law prohibiting county and city governments from banning open carrying of weapons because state law allows it.
Watch a report on the bill below from KSHB.