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Bill lowering concealed carry age heads to Kansas Governor

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Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 1:20 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/WIBW) — A bill lowering the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 is on its way to the Governor.

House members voted 80-43 Thursday night to the agree with a Senate version passed earlier in the day on a 30-8 vote.

The measure would require permit holders to complete a background check and undergo gun safety training.

People as young as 18 can already carry firearms in the open in Kansas.

The measure would increase the number of university and college students eligible to carry concealed firearms on campus, but education groups say it wouldn’t change current laws that allow high schools to prohibit guns on school grounds.

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected amendments from Democrats that included allowing law enforcement to remove firearms from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.

The bill includes a provision from Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, a Galena Republican, that would allow people who have been convicted of crimes including misdemeanor domestic battery to possess firearms after their criminal records are expunged.

The bill would also expand Kansas’ recognition of other states’ concealed carry permits.

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