URGENT 4/7 ACTION ALERT

The Kansas Legislature is a lot hectic right now, but here’s the gist.

If they don’t pass school funding by midnight and formally adjourn, all bills not signed by the governor are dead – both good bills and bad bills.

The NRA is driving calls to Senator Majority Leader Jim Denning’s office urging them to pass HB 2042 – the concealed carry reciprocity bill that will also lower the age of concealed carry to 18 in Kansas with a permit (permits will won’t be required for 21+).

We need to counter what they are doing AND try to get the good bill, HB 2145 which will create restrictions on who can own guns, specifically convicted domestic abusers, signed into law by Governor Colyer. 

Please call Governor Colyer at 785-368-8500 and urge him to sign HB 2145. You can also contact him via the website here.

Then, call Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning at 785-296-2497 or email him at Jim.Denning@senate.ks.gov and urge him to leave HB 2042 alone and focus on adequately funding the schools.

Then call your senators and your representatives and urge them to adequately fund the schools and also stop HB 2042.

We need more money for education and fewer guns in Kansas.

Thank you all! Let’s get better gun laws in Kansas.

Guns and education don’t mix.

Gun Bills in Kansas Senate Today- What You Need to Know

At 10:30am today, there will be hearings on 2 gun bills- HB 2042 and HB 2145 – in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Room 144-S. Both of these bills passed the House of Representatives on February 1, 2018. If the Senate Committee votes to pass these bills, they will go to the full Senate.

HB 2042 (as it was amended in the Committee of the Whole in the House) will do the following things:

  • Legalize Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR), meaning that Kansas will be forced to accept concealed carry permits from other states- no matter what the other state’s requirements are regarding permits or training. The NRA wants to pass this nationally as well (as seen on 60 Minutes recently). They have also been trying to pass it in individual states as well, because one of the NRA’s major goals is to have guns literally everywhere with zero restrictions. 
  • Allow 18-20 year olds (who are currently not allowed to concealed carry in Kansas) to concealed carry guns anywhere with a permit. Remember that Kansas does not require permits or training for people over 21.
  • Require permits for anyone (no matter how old that person is) who wants to carry a gun on a college or university campus in Kansas.

NOTE: HB 2042 would allow a person ages 18-20 from a state that does not require any training at all to get a concealed carry permit to concealed carry in Kansas. It would also allow a person of any age from a state that does not require any training at all to get a concealed carry permit to concealed carry on a college campus in Kansas. Because the majority of college students are under 21, the bill would vastly increase the number of people allowed to carry hidden guns on college campuses in Kansas.

HB 2145 will do the following things: 

  • Make it illegal for the following people to carry concealed guns by changing the definition of the “criminal use of a firearm”:
    • Fugitives from justice
    • Aliens illegally or unlawfully in the United States
    • Persons convicted of a misdemeanor for a domestic violence offense within the past five years
    • Persons subject to court orders restraining them from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child, or child of an intimate partner.

A court order must fulfill the following conditions in order for a person to be prohibited from carrying a gun (adapted from the Supplemental Note):

  • It must have been issued after a noticed hearing where the individual had the opportunity to participate
  • Include findings that such person is a credible threat to the safety of an intimate partner or child
  • Explicitly prohibit the attempted, threatened, or actual use of physical force against an intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.

NOTE: This bill will save lives in domestic violence situations.

Please contact your Kansas Senator AND the Senators on the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee about these two bills and urge them to OPPOSE HB 2042 and SUPPORT HB 2145. 

There is no livestream provided by the Capitol in this hearing room. Please come to Topeka personally and/or look for live updates about the hearing on our Facebook page and Twitter account. #failcampuscarry #ksleg

 

The Fight To Keep Guns Off Campus Is NOT Over

It is July 1, 2017, so guns are now officially allowed on college campuses in Kansas. We fought hard. We called and emailed legislators. We had in person conversations. We held protests. We showed up at meetings. We distributed information. We made campus carry a campaign issue in 2016. We forced campus carry into public discourse. We got people talking. We stood up for our educational spaces. We expressed our academic freedom. We were brave.

Now that it is July 1, the gun lobby expects to give up. They expect us to be afraid. They think their guns are going to scare us all into silence and that we are going to quietly stand by while they carry their death machines into our educational spaces.

They think that we will quit learning and quit teaching. They think that after a few days, we will forget that there was ever a time in which guns were not permitted. They think that we will allow this to be normal.

They are waiting for the media to die down and for us to become complacent.

But we are not going to stop fighting this law.

We are not going to quit working to ensure that educational spaces in the state are safe and free from violence and literal weapons of war.

We will not normalize the presence of guns on our college campuses.

We are not going to cower and we are not going to quit.

So get ready Kansas, because we are just getting started.

 

#failcampuscarry

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAMPUS CARRY IN KANSAS

In 2006, Kansas passed the “Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act” despite then-Governor Sebelius’ veto. That law first allowed concealed carry in Kansas, but it looked a lot different than today. Permits, training, and firearm registration were required and there were less places that people were allowed to carry than they weren’t [universities were one of those places that you could not carry]

Over the next few years, the requirements to carry were whittled away [for the sake of time I will skip this part, but will come back and at this info at a later date].

In 2012, there was the first attempt to get campus carry to be allowed in Kansas, but it was stopped.

In 2013, the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act was amended so that public universities, public hospitals, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings could no longer legally prohibit firearms UNLESS they install so-called “adequate security measures”– these are metal detectors, armed guards, and firearms storage facilities at every public entrance of a building. This was an unfunded mandate. Within that law, institutions were given a 4-year temporary extension to give them time to figure out how to implement the law– meaning it wouldn’t actually go into effect until July 1, 2017.

In 2015, halfway between the temporary extension, Kansas got rid of permit and training requirements, meaning that anyone can concealed carry a gun as long as they are 21 years of age and meet the minimum federal requirements (because Kansas does not have any additional restrictions).

In 2016, a few bills came up that would have permanently exempted us, but nothing happened with them. A few attempts were also made to move up the expiration date so that it would actually go into effect in 2016 and there were a few attempts to lower the minimum age of concealed carry to 18– these attempts were all unsuccessful.

In 2017, identical bills were introduced into the House and the Senate that cross out “July 1, 2017” and allow the public universities and hospitals to be permanently exempt- SB53 and HB2074. SB53 was voted down in committee . HB2074 had a hearing, and we are still currently waiting for Chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, Representative John Barker to call it up for a vote and vote YES on it.