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Victory for Gun Sense: Kansas Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Defeat of Dangerous Legislation That Would Have Lowered the Age to Carry Hidden, Loaded Handguns in Public

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement after the Kansas legislature adjourned without passing HB 2326, legislation that would have automatically recognized out-of-state concealed carry permits in Kansas, allowing people from other states to carry hidden, loaded handguns in Kansas communities — even if they would otherwise be ineligible to do so. The bill was also amended to permit people as young as 18 years-old to carry concealed handguns in public, including in college buildings. As data shows, 18 to 20-year-olds commit gun homicides at a rate four times higher than adults 21 and older.

“Like most Kansans, lawmakers in both parties recognize that weakening our permitting standards for concealed carry would be a serious mistake,” said Leanna Barclay, a volunteer with the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “People from across the state asked our elected officials to stand up for public safety, and just like last year, lawmakers showed they’re listening.”

This legislative session, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America helped defeat HB 2326 by holding an advocacy day at the Kansas State Capitol attended by more than 100 volunteers, testifying in opposition to HB 2326, attending legislative forums and driving calls and emails to lawmakers urging them to reject the bill.