Gov. Brownback signs off on bill to allow conceal carry without a permit
Gov. Sam Brownback signed off on the “constitutional carry bill” Thursday, which allows Kansans to carry a concealed firearm without a concealed carry license or undergoing weapons training. The law will take effect July 1.
At a news conference on Thursday, Brownback said that the bill (Senate Bill 45) “simply removes an administrative process for those Kansans who want a firearm for use within the state.”
Residents no longer need a permit to carry a concealed firearm unless they plan to carry that firearm out of Kansas, it was reported.
“Kansans who take their firearm out of the state still must have a concealed carry permit and businesses can still post ‘no concealed carry’ requirements if they choose to do so,” Brownback said.
Starting July 1, Kansas will be the sixth state to allow residents 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm regardless of whether they have obtained a permit. The other states with a constitutional carry bill include Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, Arkansas and Wyoming.
Kansas residents will only be required to go through special training if they want to carry a concealed gun in one of the 36 states that accept Kansas permits.
Previously, those seeking a concealed carry permit had to attend and pass an eight-hour training session with a certified instructor and then apply for the license through the local sheriff’s office. A $32.50 fee was paid to the sheriff’s office and $100 to the Attorney General’s Office, which was used to pay for background checks and processing.
Once residents applied for a license, it took between six to 10 weeks to be approved. After they were issued, the concealed carry licenses were valid for four years.
SB 45 was adopted by the House 85-39 and the Senate 31-8 and allows the concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed carry license issued by the state, as long as that individual was not prohibited from possessing a firearm under either federal or state law.
Local lawmakers Sen. Dennis Pyle and Rep. Becky Hutchins voted in favor of the bill.
“Responsible gun ownership – for protection and sport – is a right inherent in our Constitution,” Brownback said at the news conference. “It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting.”
Although training courses are no longer required for gun owners to conceal carry, Brownback said he recommends them.
“I strongly encourage anyone who has a gun – for protection or sport – to take advantage of existing safety training courses, whether for hunter safety or general gun safety,” he said. “This law supports the Constitutional right of Kansans to keep and bear arms. As a supporter of the Second Amendment, I am pleased to sign SB 45 today.”
More than 90,000 people hold concealed carry permits in Kansas, according to the attorney general’s office.
According to a poll taken last month by SurveyUSA, 78 percent of the 603 Kansas residents polled said they support requiring a permit and training to carry a concealed handgun in public.
Owners of businesses and other public buildings still have the right to ban the open carry of firearms on their property, but must post certain signs on their buildings saying they do. Signs can be downloaded and printed from the attorney general’s website, https://ag.ks.gov/public-safety/concealedcarry/