KS: Senate Committee Hearing on Self-Defense Legislation Containing Hostile Amendment

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KS: Senate Committee Hearing on Self-Defense Legislation Containing Hostile Amendment

Kansas – -(Ammoland.com)- Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed two gun bills on Final Action, and sent them to the Senate.

If you received last week's update, you already know what each bill covered. If not, feel free to read about them here, or take a look at our bill summary below.

The Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs will hold hearings tomorrow (Tuesday, February 13) on both HB2042 and HB2145.

For the sake of background…

HB2042 started out as a bill allowing 18 to 21-year-olds with valid concealed carry permits from reciprocal states to again legally carry in Kansas. This wasn't an issue until a drafting error in another bill last session unintentionally caused a mixup in statute. During floor debate on HB2042 last week, the House amended the bill to allow Kansas citizens ages 18 through 20 to carry a concealed firearm with a concealed carry license. Unfortunately, the bill was also amended to require anyone carrying a firearm on a college campus to have a concealed carry permit.

This provision of the bill is opposed by the KSRA and NRA as a major departure from constitutional carry.

HB2145 would amend the definition of “criminal use of weapons” by adding possession of a firearm by any of the following: Fugitives from justice; Aliens illegally or unlawfully in the United States; Persons convicted of a misdemeanor for a domestic violence offense within the past five years; and Persons subject to court orders restraining them from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child, or child of an intimate partner.

This bill specifies a number of requirements that must be met by a court order before the individual named in the order would be guilty of criminal use of weapons. The bill would require such court order to: Have been issued after a noticed hearing where the individual had an opportunity to participate; AND include findings that such person is a credible threat to the safety of an intimate partner or child; OR Explicitly prohibit the attempted, threatened, or actual use of physical force against an intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.

HB2145 had little debate, and passed the House by a wide margin on a voice vote. No damaging amendments were added to this bill, so the KSRA will continue to monitor this bill to ensure that the due-process rights of Kansas gun owners remain unharmed.

HB2042 is a different story.

Our friends in the House were able defeat a dangerous amendment by Rep. Barbara Ballard which would completely prohibit the carrying of firearms on campus for self-defense. But after defeating the dangerous Ballard amendment, another amendment was offered by Rep. Clay Aurand to prohibit individuals from carrying a firearm on campus without first obtaining a concealed carry permit. That amendment passed, and is currently part of the bill's language.

While other necessary provisions of HB2042 prevent us from urging that the entire bill be scrapped, it's crucial that the Senate remove the dangerous Aurand amendment when they have the opportunity to do so. We will urge that they do so when we testify in the Senate Committee tomorrow.

Please email Senators who serve on the Federal & State Affairs Committee, and strongly urge them to REMOVE the Aurand amendment from House Bill 2042.

Email the Senate Fed & State Committee

Again, please email your state Senator and strongly urge them to support House Bill 2042 WITHOUT the Aurand amendment. Remind them that you are a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association, and that you oppose any move to restrict our constitutional carry rights in Kansas.

Members of the Senate Fed & State Committee:

  • Bud Estes (R-38) (Chair)
  • Robert Olson (R-23) (Vice Chair)
  • Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D-38) (Ranking Minority Member)
  • Bruce Givens (R-14)
  • Richard Hilderbrand (R-13)
  • Jeff Longbine (R-17)
  • Ty Masterson (R-16)
  • Lynn Rogers (D-25)
  • Caryn Tyson (R-12)

Quick Bill Facts:

HB 2042
Concealed carry licensure amendments under the personal and family protection act.
Bill Sponsor: House Federal and State Affairs Committee
Current Status: Awaiting Final Action in the House
Last Action: 2/1/2018 – House Debated and Passed Bill on General Orders
KSRA Reference Title: Attorney General's Reciprocity Bill
KSRA Position: Support. Votes on amendments will be graded.

HB 2145
Prohibiting the possession of a firearm by certain individuals.
Bill Sponsor: House Federal and State Affairs Committee
Current Status: Awaiting Final Action in the House
Last Action: 2/1/2018 – House Debated and Passed Bill on General Orders
KSRA Reference Title: Ed Klumpp/Kansas Peace Officers Association Federal Law Mirror
KSRA Position: Testified Neutral on original bill. Votes on amendments will be graded.

Kansas State Rifle Association

About Kansas State Rifle Association:

The Kansas State Rifle Association has one purpose. To promote and strive for the improvement and protection of the firearms and sport shooting industry and protection of second amendment principals by encouraging and stimulating well-qualified individual citizens to run for public office and to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs. Visit: www.ksraweb.net

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Which other constitutional right requires a “permit”?


@Nick…It would be good if they had a permit, along with the training, however to require a permit would be starting exceptions to the law. This is why we are in the situation we are in with the second amendment. That would be the first chip in changing the meaning one chip at a time.

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Why the hell shouldn’t they have to have a permit?