Today the people of Kansas won and the NRA lost. Big time.
The bill legalizing concealed carry reciprocity and lowering the age of concealed carry to 18 (HB 2042) and the bill to arm Kansas teachers (HB 2789) are both officially dead today with the final adjournment of the Kansas Senate. Representative Blake Carpenter’s last minute amendment to lower the cost of concealed carry licenses in Kansas even failed today with the defeat of the tax bill. That’s three wins for Kansas and three losses for the gun lobby.
This was only possible because of each and every one of you who did your part to make sure that neither of those bad gun bills saw a final vote. Sincerely, thank you.
Today we celebrate and tomorrow we prepare. But for what you may ask?
Oh right, elections.
Many races this fall 2018 election cycle will be contentious. We need to make sure that we never get this close to a dangerous gun bill passing in Kansas again. If we don’t change the make up of the Kansas legislature, we are in danger of this happening again next year.
Let’s not let it get to that point.
Please get to know the candidates. Do your research. Ask them the hard questions. Volunteer for someone’s campaign.
It will take hard work from many, many people. Just like stopping these bills did.
Nevertheless today proves something momentous:
It is possible to defeat the NRA and it is possible to defeat the NRA in Kansas.
We can win.
We can make Kansas a place with less gun violence.
And we can do it together.
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