Jan. 15, 2016
Gun Safety Bill Proposed in Kansas House
Topeka, KS – Representative Jim Ward (D, Wichita) is proposing a new bill to the State House to ensure a higher level of gun safety throughout Kansas. In April of 2015, Governor Sam Brownback signed a law allowing permit-free conceal and carry. Brownback’s easing of gun restrictions has left the state in danger, disregarding real weapons threats to Kansas residents. It was reported by the Government Accountability Office that in the United States more than 2,000 guns were allowed to be purchased by people on terrorist watch lists between the years 2000 and 2014. These purchases were made legally from gun dealers.
Rep. Ward intends to remedy this with a bill titled Kansas Protection from Terrorists Act, which addresses two major safety issues. The first portion of the bill will make it a criminal offense for Kansas gun proprietors to sell arms to anyone on a watch list. The second portion of the bill will increase the level of punishment for those that sell guns to people rendered mentally ill. The punishment would intensify to severity level 8, a nonperson felony. The minimum sentence will be extended by one full year if the defendant possesses a prior criminal record.
Committed to Kansans’ wellbeing, Rep. Ward and the bill’s supporters are pushing for a vote on this important public safety issue. Ward iterated, “Prohibiting gun sales to people on terrorist watch lists is a commonsense step to strengthen the safety of the people of Kansas.”