Concealed carry instructors concerned about removing restrictions

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Good news for gun owners — a bill that’s quickly advancing through the Kansas Legislature would ease restrictions on concealed carry around the state, but some concealed carry instructors have concerns about that.

“I think every American should be able to carry a gun, concealed or not,” said gun owner Paul Fanning.

Gun rights — it’s a hot button issue in conservative Kansas and many supporters like Fanning believe by removing the requirements for concealed carry permits and classes, Kansas would become a safer state.

“You know, if someone goes in to rob a store, if there’s a better chance of five people having a gun to just the store worker, I think it would cut down on crime,” said Fanning.

While many concealed carry instructors agree an expansion of our Second Amendment right to bear arms would be a good thing, they worry about the consequences.

“You can find yourself in a lot of trouble if you don’t have at least an inkling of the responsibilities with carrying and possibly using a firearm,” said concealed carry instructor Ron Davis.

Jerry Aday was a lawmaker when concealed carry restrictions were first enacted, now he owns the gun shop “Holsters and More” in Topeka and shares many of those same concerns.

“Hopefully this doesn’t have people out there who just, for some reason, are feeling unsafe and want to start carrying a gun, but don’t know how to use it. That’s what many of us fear,” said Aday.

Even if the measure passes, a license will still be required to carry out of state. Aday hopes that means most gun owners will still be fully educated on the responsibilities of owning a gun.

The bill still has several steps left in the legislative process, so it’s not a done deal yet. Now it heads to the full House for consideration.

Opponents maintain current restrictions keep weapons away from dangerous people and increase public safety overall.

The legislature will reconvene Wednesday. No word yet on when the house is expected to discuss this particular bill.

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