Kansas House passes two gun measures, area lawmakers submit mixed votes

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The Kansas House of Representatives passed two amendments Thursday concerning guns.

First, the House passed an amendment to allow 18-20 year-olds to obtain conceal carry permits in the state. Currently only those 21 and older can carry concealed weapons. The new law would require those between 18 and 21 to get a gun permit, which is not required for those 21 and older. The bill advanced by a vote of 85-35 and could come to a final vote today.

Democratic Rep. Sydney Carlin and Republican Rep. Tom Phillips, both of Manhattan, voted against the measure, while Republicans Susie Swanson of Clay Center and Ron Highland of Wamego voted in favor of the amendment.

Carlin told KMAN Friday the measure was motivated by the fact other states allow 18-20 year-olds to obtain conceal carry permits.

After that vote, an amendment to repeal concealed-carry on college campus failed 53-69. The law in place allows people 21 or older to carry concealed weapons on campus and into buildings that don’t have adequate security such as metal detectors and armed guards.

Carlin, Phillips and Swanson voted to in favor of the repeal. Highland voted against.

Carlin said a compromise was reached to require a gun permit for concealed carry on campus. The measures now go to the Senate.

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