TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — Legislators in Kansas have voted to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a gun bill, HB 2058, Monday.
The proposal would allow 18- to 20-year-olds to conceal carry, which isn’t currently allowed. Currently, anyone 21 years and older can conceal carry, and they don’t need a license.
The measure, HB 2058, does not change where weapons may be carried and also allows reciprocity to out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed handgun.
Supporters of the bill question why the governor struck it down.
“In her message indicated that she has always supported the second amendment, well, I find that hard to believe sometimes,” said Abilene Representative John Barker, who carried the bill on the floor.
Opponents argue that lowering the age to conceal carry is dangerous.
“It’s not a bad bill. There’s some good parts to the bill, the part that we had problems with on our side was the 20, 19, and 18 year olds carrying firearms,. Even though they’re trained, the maturity level of the brain lacks,” said Kansas City Representative Louis Ruiz.