Just a little over a week since 17 people were murdered in a public Florida high school, the Kansas House will debate and vote on a bill that forces the use of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program and the Department of Wildlife’s Hunter Education program in public schools in Kansas. Check out our previous post about this bill for more information about why it’s not a good idea. In addition to what we’ve written before, this bill is being promoted as an alternative to safe storage requirements. Translation: the NRA wants to put the responsibility of not getting shot on kindergarteners instead of requiring their parents to lock up their guns.
This bill will be voted on in the House today at some point after 10am, probably pretty early in the session, but it depends on how long the other bills being discussed take. Check out the livestream here to tune in.
Please call your representatives and urge them to vote NO on HB 2460. We’ll update this as we get more information.
Update at 10:10 am: House is in recess until 11:00 am.
Update at 2:00pm: They passed over the bill, but kept it on the calendar. A reporter at the Statehouse tweeted the following earlier:
I’m told the gun safety education bill has been taken off the calendar for today. The House will bring a more comprehensive bill to the house after turnaround #ksleg
— Courtney Ryan (@CourtneyRyanTV) February 22, 2018
It’s unclear whether this will be voted on today or saved for another day and it’s unclear what “more comprehensive” will mean. We’ll stay on top of this and keep you updated as we know more.