TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Kansas Legislature voted to override Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a gun bill, HB 2058 Monday. The proposal will allow 18 to 20-year-olds to conceal carry, which isn’t currently allowed.
The bill needed two thirds vote of each chamber to override a governor’s veto. It passed with the bare minimum in the House 84 to 39. The Senate passed it at a more comfortable margin of 31 to 8.
The bill started off with allowing conceal carry reciprocity with other states, meaning that residents from other states can conceal carry in Kansas if they have a license.
Where much of the controversy lies is allowing 18 to 20-year-olds to get a license in order to conceal carry. Currently anyone 21 years and older can conceal carry, and they don’t need a license.
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.