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Kansas and Missouri Pass Strong Pro-2nd Amendment Bills

Approximately 650 gun-rights advocates rallied in Jefferson City, Missouri at the State Capitol, Thursday, as the House  passed HB 436,  the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which "rejects all federal acts that infringe on a Missouri citizens' rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution," and "allows certain school personnel to carry concealed weapons on school grounds".

ABC-17 News reported:

The message sent throughout the building was anger towards Governor Jay Nixon and the Department of Revenue. They’re angry because their conceal carry information was sent to the federal government twice. Many tell ABC 17 News being a conceal carry holder for several years, this was an invasion of their privacy. 

Lawmakers played to the fired up crowd saying it was wrong for the Department of Revenue to willingly hand over their information. But some are still upset.

“I thought, how can my state government sell me out like that,” angry rally attendee Steve McCann says.

Lawmakers say the governor is finally taking notice of the concerns of Missourians. Telling Revenue to stop scanning those documents is a good start. But it needs to stop scanning everything altogether. Many that attended the rally tell us they're worried with what the government may do with the information. Even though officials claim the information was destroyed, some say they don't believe that.

On Tuesday, KS Gov. Sam Brownback  signed a bill into law declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas.

The legislation signed Tuesday also applies to ammunition made, sold and kept in the state. The new law takes effect by the end of next week and makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty regulating such items.

A bill signed into law, Tuesday, also loosens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons into public buildings. 

Kansas law now requires that government and public buildings that prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense must screen all visitors for weapons.  

This would ensure that ALL individuals who enter the buildings are disarmed, not just the law-abiding citizens who choose to follow the law.  If a building lacks the adequate security measures necessary to screen all visitors, then residents with a concealed carry license would be allowed to carry a firearm to protect themselves while visiting that particular building.

The law allows universities, community colleges and technical colleges to ban concealed guns in their buildings for another four years.







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