TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT/AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill on Thursday allowing Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.Legislators approved the measure last week, and the new law will take effect July 1.

The National Rifle Association says Kansas will become the fifth state to allow concealed carry without a permit everywhere.“Kansans shouldn’t need a permission slip to fulfill their constitutional rights.” Brownback said at the signing.

Kansas still would issue permits for gun owners who want to carry concealed in other states that recognize Kansas permits. A person seeking a Kansas permit must undergo eight hours of firearms training.Supporters of the bill said gun owners have shown they can be trusted to carry concealed.

Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible.

 Critics of the measure say the state should require some training to carry concealed.


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