When the Kansas House reconvenes on Wednesday, they will take up legislation to rescind the requirement for concealed carry permits in their state.
The senate passed SB 45 by a vote of 31 to 7 last Thursday.
According to the NRA-ILA, the momentum for repealing the concealed carry permit requirement is an outgrowth of the fact that Open Carry without a permit is already legal in Kansas. The idea that a permit is required once a coat or jacket covers the otherwise openly visible weapon, say proponents, seems a step too far.
This same argument is being made by gun advocates in New Hampshire, Maine, and West Virginia.
On February 12, Breitbart News reported that the New Hampshire Senate voted to rescind the concealed carry permit requirement in their state. West Virginia’s Senate voted to rescind theirs on February 27, and Maine’s Senate is prepared to take up a vote for rescinding theirs when they next convene.
Senator Eric Brakey (R-Auburn) is the sponsor of the legislation that will be considered Maine. He said the push to rescind the concealed carry permit requirement is simply a way of saying, “We’re not going to treat you like a criminal if you put a jacket on.”
In other words, if you can open carry without a permit, there is not reason to require a permit because the gun is out of sight.
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