Kansans critical of changes to concealed carry

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Carrying a gun in Kansas is about to get much easier, you won’t have to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Both houses of the Kansas Legislature have now approved a bill to remove restrictions on concealed carry.

Many people, including some gun owners, aren’t happy with that change.

“Guns are not toys, and I think people of today’s generation think that they’re toys,” said Latonya Boyd, a concerned mother.

Boyd says she knows first-hand. Her daughter was a victim of gun violence, killed by a man with a stolen gun.

She believes more gun regulations would mean less guns getting stolen.

“I would like to see permits, gun training, safety,” said Boyd.

All of which is eliminated under the Legislature’s latest plan to loosen restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon.

“That’s just going to add to more murders, more mayhem,” said Boyd.

Even some gun owners we found at a local shooting range agree, removing the required permits and training takes things too far.

“I think it’s a mistake. You need to be familiar with your gun to not only be safe for yourself, but to be safe for those around you,” said gun owner Linda Lickteig.

Others consider the bill a victory for Second Amendment rights, and don’t anticipate many consequences.

“The people who sincerely want to carry, they’re going to want to carry out of Kansas, and the only way they can do that is with a concealed license,” said Jerry Aday, owner of Holsters and More in Topeka.

Gun owners may be divided on the issue, but lawmakers say they’re erring on the side of freedom. The bill now heads to Governor Sam Brownback for his signature.

If approved, Kansas will be the fifth state in the nation to allow concealed carry without a permit.

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