A day after the Kansas Senate voted 30-10, to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a conceal carry gun bill, the House did the same.
Voting 91-33, gave supporters of the measure seven votes more than the two-thirds majority necessary.
According to the Topeka Capital Journal:
The new law takes effect July 1, but it isn’t yet clear when the first permits will be issued. The law will permit U.S. citizens 21 and older living in Kansas to obtain a four-year concealed-carry permit issued by the attorney general’s office.…
Legislators’ action capped a decade-long debate, which saw Kansas remain part of an ever-dwindling group of states that didn’t allow residents to carry hidden weapons. Only Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin are still on the list, and the Nebraska Legislature is considering a concealed weapons measure.
“It proves the determination and persistence of the NRA and our members in Kansas. It’s been a nationwide effort that’s gone on for over a decade,” said Chris Cox, of the National Rifle Association, the group’s chief lobbyist at its headquarters in Fairfax, Va.
Sebelius became the first Kansas governor to have a veto overridden in 12 years. She vetoed a similar bill in 2004, as did her predecessor, Republican Bill Graves, in 1997.
In her veto message Tuesday, Sebelius cited oppositions from law enforcement officials and business leaders, questioning whether the measure would make Kansas safer.Powered by Sidelines