Kansas has joined five other states in allowing locals 21 and older to carry concealed firearms without the need of a permit. The new law, signed in by Governor Brownback on April 2nd, goes into effect on July 1st. Local citizens will still be able to apply for the Kansas concealed weapon permit if they wish to carry outside the state in those states that honor the permit. The requirements to obtain the permit haven’t changed but many locals may now chose to forego obtaining the permit if their intention is to only carry their concealed handgun in their own state.
This kind of law, offered referred to as Constitutional Carry, is promoted based on the premise that carrying a firearm is a constitutional right and shouldn’t require a permission slip from the Governement. When asked why the Governor doesn’t think training should be required even if he feels it is important he responded, “We’re saying that if you want to do that in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government,” Brownback said. “It is a constitutional right, and we’re removing a barrier to that right.”