Thursday, January 18, 2024

Kansas Legislators Propose Resolution to Strengthen Gun Rights



In contrast to several states pushing for tighter gun control, Kansas legislators are taking steps to strengthen their residents' right to bear arms.

Currently being reviewed by a state House committee, House Concurrent Resolution 5020 aims to enhance the Kansas State Constitution's existing provisions on the right to bear arms. Boasting over 60 legislators as sponsors, this resolution seeks to explicitly include firearm components, accessories, and ammunition under constitutional protection. It also proposes that any future gun restrictions should undergo rigorous scrutiny by the judicial system.

The amendment reads: "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, family, home, state, lawful hunting and recreation, and other lawful activities. This right encompasses the ownership and use of ammunition, firearm accessories, and firearm components. However, standing armies during peacetime are deemed a threat to liberty and are therefore not permitted. The military must always remain subordinate to civilian authority. The right to keep and bear arms is intrinsic and fundamental, and shall not be violated. Any limitation on this right will be subject to a strict scrutiny standard." 

It's important to note that legislative approval and gubernatorial endorsement alone won’t make this amendment law. If passed, Kansas voters will decide its fate in the November general election.

The proposed ballot question would read: "A vote in favor of this proposition would affirm the unassailable right of Kansans to keep and bear arms, including the use and possession of ammunition, firearm accessories, and components. This vote would also acknowledge this right as natural and fundamental, subjecting any limitations to strict scrutiny. A vote against this proposition would leave the Kansas Constitution unchanged in terms of firearm rights."

For the amendment to be placed on the ballot, it requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, as well as the governor's signature. If it appears on the November ballot, a simple majority will determine whether it is adopted or rejected.

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