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2015 LEGISLATION

2015 LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

The KSRA is proud to support several pieces of legislation which have been introduced this session. These bills are also supported by the NRA.  If you would like to follow the progress of these bills be sure to opt-in to our email alerts!  See the “Join Our Mailing List” box to subscribe.

Most notable is the Constitutional Carry bill, SB 45. This is a bill that recognizes Kansans’ freedom to carry a concealed handgun as enshrined in Article IV of the Kansas Constitution. The right to keep and bear arms is a natural, unalienable right protected by the Second Amendment and citizens should not have to go through burdensome and expensive hoops to exercise that right. In Kansas, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, one would need to possess a concealed carry permit. This Constitutional Carry legislation gives Kansans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. You may see the answer to many questions contained in the FAQ we have created for your convenience.
This bill was authored by Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce and is co-sponsored by 26 Senators.

A Kansas House Concurrent Resolution to amend the Constitution of the State of Kansas has been introduced by Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady in the KS House of Representatives. HCR 5008 is designed to protect the right to Hunt, Fish and Trap in Kansas. If this resolution passes both chambers of the Kansas legislature then it will be placed on the general election ballot in November 2016 for the voters to decide if it should be codified in the Kansas Constitution. It will require two thirds of the voters voting yes to adopt this resolution. This amendment is to preserve constitutionally the right of the public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife subject to reasonable laws and regulations. The right of the public to hunt, fish and trap shall not modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain or any other private property rights.

 The exact verbiage that will be codified in the Kansas Constitution, should it pass, is:
"The people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights or water resources."

There are two more bills which are cleanup measures from last year’s legislation. This is common and each year we evaluate the codified laws and determine if anything was misinterpreted or any unintended consequences were created and check for any conflict in other existing laws. The two cleanup bills that address those minor issues this year are HB 2074 and HB 2087. We’ll send out more detailed information in our regular email alerts.

Senator Forrest Knox has authored two measures that will likely be worked either later during the 2015 session or during the 2016 session. First is SB 65 which is designed to ensure that public employee’s (city, county, state, municipal) are able to exercise their right to carry while on the job even if driving a municipal owned vehicles.  The second measure is SB 66 which addresses an Attorney General Opinion issued in 2013 saying that you could not post just a portion of a public building. There are cases where concealed carry is not allowed where it should be because of that ruling. Keep in mind that public buildings are defined as buildings operated by cities, counties and the state. They are not private businesses. These bills have no effect on private buildings/businesses.

One last bill to mention is NOT supported by the KSRA or the NRA and in fact we strongly oppose it. SB 25 was introduced by Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau at the behest of the Brady Campaign and has provisions that would require a background check on private sales outside of the immediate family. It is being met with enormous opposition. It is already a federal felony to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to anyone not allowed to purchase or possess a firearm for any reason. No additional laws will stop crime. This is nothing more than a misguided and diabolical proposal that has nothing whatsoever to do with curbing criminal violence but has everything to do with stripping us of our guaranteed civil rights and liberty protected by the Second Amendment.