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KSRA Weekly Update 2-5-16

(Collaboration of the KSRA team)

 

Legislative bills being tracked

Senate Substitute for SB 65 –By Sen. Forrest Knox R-Altoona. SB 65 & 66 were combined into this one bill regarding concealed carry by public employees and concealed carry in state and municipal buildings:  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/sb65_01_0000.pdf

 

HB 2440 – By Rep. JR Claeys, R-Salina.  Personal and family protection act; regulating concealed carry in portions of public buildings.  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hb2440_01_0000.pdf

 

HCR 5008 – By Former Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady R-Palco and Rep. Adam Lusker D-Frontenac. Proposed constitutional amendment relating to the public right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife.   http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hcr5008_01_0000.pdf

 

HB 2468 – Rep. Blake Carpenter, R-Derby.  Authorizing possession of air guns on school property; organizations such as BB gun clubs cannot be prohibited solely because its activities include the possession and use of air guns. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hb2468_01_0000.pdf

 

Update:  The two House bills and the one Concurrent Resolution above are on House General Orders.  Senate Substitute for SB 65 is now on General Orders in the Senate.  We will work with the Leadership of both the House and Senate on when these bills will be considered for action in the House and Senate.

 

HB 2538 – Requested by Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee. This bill would lower concealed carry age from 21 yrs to 18 yrs. 

Hearing in House Federal & State Affairs committee, Thurs, Feb. 4, 2016.  

Update:  Hearing was cancelled.

 

SB 331 - Kansas firearms industry nondiscrimination act.

Hearing Thursday, Jan 28, 2016, Senate Federal & State Affairs committee.

Update:  The hearing did not go well and there is no further action at this time.  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/sb331_00_0000.pdf

 

 

Bills the KSRA is opposed to and watching

 

SB 348 - Prohibitions on carrying concealed handguns in postsecondary educational institution buildings. Introduced by Senators Hawk, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Holland & Pettey http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/sb348_00_0000.pdf

 

Reason for Opposition: This bill would not allow students the ability to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms on state college and university  campuses.  This bill would also make students who legally are able to carry a firearm under state and federal law defenseless.   We at the KSRA believe and fight for these rights on a daily basis.

 

 

HB 2452 - The Kansas protection against terrorists act makes it a felony for any person to sell, give, or transfer a firearm to a person who is or has been a mentally ill person subject to involuntary commitment for care and treatment, or a person with an alcohol or substance abuse problem subject to involuntary commitment for care and treatment.  It also makes it a felony to sell, give, or transfer a firearm to any person on the “terror watch list” or any other “successor list or database” maintained and operated by the FBI . By Rep. Jim Ward http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/documents/hb2452_00_0000.pdf

Reasons for Opposition: 

1) This bill does not recognize that it is already a felony under current federal gun laws to sell, give, or transfer a firearm to a person who is or has been a mentally ill person subject to involuntary commitment for care and treatment, or a person with an alcohol or substance abuse problem subject to involuntary commitment for care and treatment under 18 USC 922 (d) and (g).

 

2) The provisions of this bill do not allow for due process guaranteed under the 5th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution to people arbitrarily put on a “terror watch list” or “successor list or database” who have not been charged or convicted of a crime.

 

3) The provisions of this bill could potentially lead to and endorse the establishment arbitrary and unconstitutional lists and databases created by the federal government and operated and maintained by the FBI which in turn could lead to registration and confiscation of firearms.

 

4) The provisions of this bill endorses the idea of an arbitrarily created list which has and may continue to lead to wrongfully accuse people of being terrorists or a risk to the general public when they have never been suspected, charged or convicted of any crime or accused of anything that would prohibit them from owning a firearm.

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/427266/nra-absolutely-right-fear-terrorism-watch-list-charles-c-w-cooke

 

http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2015/11/20/using-the-terrorist-watchlist-against-gun-owners/

 

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20151120/nra-statement-on-terror-watch-list-distortions

 


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