Posted on Wed, Mar. 22, 2006
Senate overrides veto on gun bill
TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas moved closer Wednesday to allowing residents to carry concealed guns after the Senate overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a gun bill.
The vote was 30-10, giving supporters of the measure three votes above the two-thirds majority necessary. The House is expected to vote Thursday, and supporters will need 84 votes there.
Kansas is one of only four states that don't allow some residents to carry hidden weapons.
If the bill's backers succeed in the House, Sebelius will be the first governor in 12 years to have a veto overridden.
Sebelius cited opposition from law enforcement officials and business leaders Tuesday in rejecting a bill that would allow U.S. citizens over 21 living in Kansas to obtain four-year permits from their local sheriffs. The legislation still would ban hidden guns in some locations, such as churches, libraries, schools and courthouses.
But sponsoring Sen. Phil Journey, R-Haysville, said the measure was about giving Kansans the right to defend themselves.
Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin are the only other states that don't allow at least some residents to carry concealed guns. Eight states let law enforcement agencies reject permits for individuals who would otherwise qualify. In 35 states, permits must be issued if all requirements are met. Alaska and Vermont have no prohibitions for carrying concealed weapons.
Sebelius also vetoed a nearly identical bill in 2004, as did her predecessor, Republican Bill Graves, in 1997.
YEEEEE HAWWWWWWWW :danceban: :danceban: :danceban: :danceban: :danceban:
Kansans: Now PRESS THE HOUSE!