Big win for the Constitution: Kansas lawmakers override governor veto, lower concealed carry age to 18

KANSAS– On Monday, May 3rd, the Kansas Legislature overturned Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill that would lower the minimum age to carry a concealed weapon in the state from 21 to 18.

The debate reportedly lasted less than five minutes before House Republican’s were able to gather together the 84 votes that were needed to override Kelly’s veto of House Bill 2058. Bill 2058 allows individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 20 to obtain concealed carry permits. 

In addition to the carry permit age, in certain instances, the bill will also makes it easier for felons who have been convicted of violent crimes to reacquire their rights to possess and carry firearms.

It was no surprise to state lawmaker that the override would later pass in the Senate, which it did in a 31-8 vote. 

Kelly claims to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, however she used the fact that students should not be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus grounds at state colleges and universities, as her main reason for rejecting the bill. 

In her veto message, Kelly said: 

“We can respect and defend the rights of Kansas gun owners while also taking effective steps to keep our children and families safe,”

She added:

“Legislation that allows more guns on campus is neither safe nor effective, and it will drive prospective students away from our schools.”

Rep. John Barker, R-Abiline, carried the veto measure on the House floor and questioned Kelly’s commitment to gun rights, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Barker said:

“The governor in her message indicated that she has always supported the Second Amendment. Well, I find that hard to believe sometimes, because we already have 18-year-olds that can carry a gun (openly) in the state of Kansas,”

Baker continued, saying:

“This requires them, if they’re going to carry a concealed weapon, to get training and to get a permit and to have a background investigation. I think that’s a positive move. Any time people can get training, that’s a good thing.”

He said the law started out as a way for Kansas to honor out-of-state concealed-carry permits, including those from states that already allow 18-20 year olds to carry.

Baker said:

“So they would be able to carry in the state, yet a Kansas resident would not be able to carry at that age,”

The bill was just four votes shy of being veto-proof when it landed on Kelly’s desk last month on an 80-43 House vote. 

It is reported that three Republican representatives, Dave Baker of Council Grove, Mike Dodson of Manhattan and Chuck Smith of Pittsburg, all changed sides.

A fourth Republican, Rep. Ron Howard of Wichita, missed the first vote due to health reasons but voted for the veto override. That gave the Republicans the exact margin they needed.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Rep. Louis Ruiz, a Kansas City Democrat, was the only voice raised against the veto override. He said young people “right out of high school” may not have the maturity and judgment to carry weapons responsibly, even with training.

Ruiz said:

“You may say in the military, they can join at 18, which is true,” 

He went on to say:

“The culture in the military is firearms, they respect the firearms. A lot of times I’ve seen things happening, especially in the inner city . . . where people who carry, especially young people who carry firearms, want to gain respect by carrying firearms instead of respecting the firearms.”

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Freedom rising: Governors across the country refusing to put up with Biden’s Second Amendment attacks

April 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– After President Joe Biden officially released his initial plan to attack the country’s Second Amendment rights, multiple governors have signaled that they will be taking action against the Democratic president. 

According to the Daily Wire, Biden announced several actions, which he articulated during a recent press conference. During this press conference, he also made multiple false claims when targeting two types of gun parts: pistol braces and chunks of plastic and metal that are unfinished firearms.

He claimed that adding a stabilizing brace to a pistol makes it “more lethal” because it makes the firearm “more accurate.” The idea that a brace makes a pistol “more lethal” is not accurate because the brace does not alter the rate of fire of the pistol and it does not alter the velocity of the projectile that is fired from the weapon.

The Biden administration will also be publishing “model red flag legislation” for states to consider. This legislation comes just a few weeks after the Biden administration urged the Supreme Court to uphold a warrantless gun confiscation case.

Following Biden’s press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the announcements were just his “initial actions,” and that there “will be more.”

She added that Biden intends to “use the power of his presidency” to crack down on Americans’ constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights.

At the start of his remarks, Biden controversially claimed that his plans to crack down on Second Amendment rights did not “in any way impinge on the Second Amendment.”

He then claimed that anyone suggesting that his actions were a crackdown on the Second Amendment were engaging in “phony arguments.”

Numerous governors immediately pushed back on Biden’s attacked on Second Amendment rights and indicated that they will be taking action to protect their residents from Biden’s agenda.

On Twitter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) wrote:

“Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights. He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns. We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) said that Biden’s actions “won’t save lives or stop criminals” and would only “disarm law abiding citizens.”

He added:

“Alaska is a Second Amendment sanctuary state and we will be evaluating our options.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) said in a statement:

“I think it’s out of control and it’s obvious that they can’t get it through Congress and so he’s acting on his own. He’s doing it at rapid speed. There has not been another president, I don’t think, in history that has implemented the number of Executive Orders that this president has implemented.”

She added:

“And the hypocrisy of running as a united and a president that was going to bring both parties together and heal this country, he has done nothing but that. He is continuing to divide the country and he’s doing it through these outlandish Executive Orders.”

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) highlighted the portion of the Second Amendment that states “shall not be infringed,” writing:

“Biden claims that his actions won’t infringe on the 2nd Amendment. That’s false. Taking away guns with Red Flag laws is an infringement. Placing new limits on firearms sales is an infringement. Curbing ammo purchases is an infringement.”

Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) said that his state will be standing up for its residents’ Second Amendment rights.

He said:

“Idaho will not stand for President Biden’s unilateral actions to erode your Second Amendment rights. Idaho’s Congressional delegation and I are in lockstep in our opposition to the President’s actions and his direction to Congress to strip law-abiding Americans of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (R) tweeted:

“Wyoming is, has always been, and will continue to be a state where 2nd Amendment rights are recognized and protected.”

He added:

“I oppose any orders or actions imposed from the federal level that infringe on this fundamental right. Today, I signed HB 236, which prohibits financial institutions and payment processors in Wyoming from discriminating against firearms businesses engaged in lawful commerce.”

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