When last we checked in on the campus carry debate, a “hospital only” bill, S Sub for HB 2278, was coming to the Senate floor, and we asked you to ask your senators to include campuses in the bill. Then, the bill was referred back to committee. Yesterday, it came back to the floor.
We've been watching the session tick by with no real action on preventing guns from coming onto campuses, hospitals and community mental centers on July 1st. A couple of bills got out of committee that would be considered "germane" - close enough in subject matter to amend to cover the measures we want - but House leadership hasn't allowed them to come to a discussion or vote on the floor.
Today House minority leader Jim Ward introduced a procedural motion to bring one of these bills, HB 2042 "above the line" for a floor discussion and vote. This means that it would be able to be amended. The motion requires 63 votes and would make this bill the first discussed during the session tomorrow.
So today is the day: Call your House member's office today, right now, and ask them to a) vote to bring HB 2042 "above the line," and b) vote for any amendments that are introduced to stop campus carry.
To figure out who your legislator is and how to contact them visit ksleglookup.org.
Thanks so much for doing what you can to help us #FailCampusCarry
We're finally seeing some action on the campus carry issue in the Kansas House. The bill we preferred has been blocked in committee for some time, so we've been waiting for another bill to get out of committee that would be considered "germane" to amend on the floor.
Together with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety, Kansans Against Campus Carry organized a lobby day at the Kansas State Capitol on Feb. 16 to demonstrate our strength in support of repealing the Campus Carry law. The exemption of concealed carry on campuses, hospitals and other public buildings is set to expire July 2017. We had around 150 citizens participate.Read more
Last week a hearing was held before the Senate Fed and State committee on SB 53, the "campus carry" bill. It was a pretty raucous environment, which was just fine, and by our count we had 55 proponents (for the bill) as against 5 opponents. An article about the hearing from the Capitol-Journal can be found here. Thank you to those who showed up at the Capitol or submitted written testimony.
This week the action moves to the House, where we have a hearing on the companion bill...Read more
One way you can help stop campus carry is by reaching out to your state legislator while you're home for the holidays. It's more important to reach out from your home district than from Lawrence or Manhattan because those legislators are already supportive. But your home legislator may not even have thought about this issue.Read more
As we talk with folks around the state about campus carry, one of the responses we receive is imbued with a sense of fatalism: “Oh well, campus carry is the law, there's nothing we're going to be able to do about it now.” I want to respond directly to that sentiment. To spoil the surprise, I'll say right now that the answer to the question, “Yes! We can win on campus carry.”Read more
[This article, written by a University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University, appeared in the Sept. 21, 2016 edition of The Collegian, the K-State newspaper. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.)
On July 1, 2017, Kansas State will join other Kansas universities in a radical new experiment: inviting unregulated firearms onto its campuses. Sure, eight other states’ universities (most recently, Texas) are now legally required to welcome guns into their midst. But Kansas is different. To carry a gun in Kansas, you do not need to learn how to use the weapon. You require no license, no permit, no background check.Read more