Target: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Goal: Maintain the requirement that citizens must undergo a safety training class and possess a permit before being allowed to carry a concealed firearm.
Gun owners in Kansas may soon be able to carry a concealed pistol on their person without needing to have a permit or take a safety class if a popular bill is passed into law. This is a reckless deconstruction of firearm regulations that will endanger countless Kansas citizens. Demand that the state’s governor, Sam Brownback, veto this bill when it crosses his desk.
Kansas state senators are poised to pass Senate Bill 45 and send it on to the state’s House of Representatives, and from there on to the governor for approval into law or veto. The bill would do away with the need to take a safety class and acquire a permit before being able to carry a concealed weapon in the state. This move comes after similar deregulation measures in 2014, when the state made it legal to openly carry a gun in a majority of public spaces and revoked the right of cities and counties to regulate guns in their own jurisdictions. Both those laws were approved by Governor Brownback, which suggests that he will be open to allowing Senate Bill 45 to become law as well.
It’s terrifying that Kansas is choosing to deregulate guns at a time when gun violence seems to becoming more and more of a problem. More guns with less oversight cannot be the solution. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Brownback veto this legislation if and when it passes Congress.
Dear Governor Brownback,
I am writing you today regarding Senate Bill 45. This bill is likely to pass your state legislature and arrive on your desk some time in the near future. When it does, though, I urge you to veto it.
Senate Bill 45 would allow gun owners in Kansas to carry a concealed weapon without needing a permit or taking a safety class beforehand. This would be a reckless deregulation of a person’s right to bear arms in your state, a state, it should not be forgotten, that is already very much deregulated as it is. As the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Second Amendment does not mean that people have a right “to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” Sensible regulation is a boon, not an obstacle, to a citizen’s right to bear arms, and mandating that citizens must take a safety class and possess a permit before they can carry a concealed weapon seems like a common-sense regulation to me.
This bill is dangerous and will make citizens in your state less safe, not more safe. I demand that if and when it comes to you from the legislature, you veto it without a second thought.
[Your Name Here]
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