TOPEKA (KSNT) – A few Kansas lawmakers are working to expand gun rights even more. A bill introduced in a House Committee Wednesday morning would lower the age limit for carrying a concealed handgun, from 21 to 18.
“We’re talking about a basic fundamental second amendment right here,” said Rep. John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee.
Rubin wants to make it so anyone over the age of 18 can apply for a concealed carry permit.
Right now you have to be 21, so the change could mean even more guns at Kansas universities.
“We don’t need more guns and more access to guns, particularly among young people whose brains are still in that critical formation stage of judgement,” said Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Republican from Mission Hills.
Universities are already adjusting to a law that allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon in a public building.
They’re exempt from that law for now, but only until next July.
Several students at Washburn University tell KSNT News they aren’t too concerned about having concealed weapons on campus, but they might be if the age limit is lowered.
“I remember how dumb I was when I was 18, I still am. I mean, I don’t think that lowering the age is going to be a good idea. I think it would be a real irresponsible move, but as long as they keep it at 21, I think that would be ok,” said student Lucas King.
“18, 21 you know I feel like we get a little reckless, so that’s something that should be pushed a little bit,” said student Bryan Kincade.
Despite that, Representative Rubin wants to see the change for one specific reason.
“We as a society are now saying is, you’re mature enough to go put your life on the line and fight and die for your country, but not to drink a beer, not to buy a cigarette, and not to have a concealed carry permit and none of that make sense to me,” said Rubin.
Whether other lawmakers agree, remains to be seen.
Last year lawmakers passed a bill that allows anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
This bill would still require 18 to 21-year-olds to obtain the permit.