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Bill to drop concealed carry age won't get committee vote

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 13:37:26-05

TOPEKA, Kan. — A bill to lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 has stalled in a House committee, but a supporter plans to offer the proposal for consideration on the House floor.

The bill would require permit holders to complete a background check and undergo gun safety training.

Supporters say 18-year-old Kansans can already carry firearms in the open. Opponent say those under 21 are less mature and more prone to risk-taking.

Bills that don’t get committee approval typically fail. But Hesston Republican Rep. Stephen Owens said he’d bring it up as an amendment to another gun bill that will get a floor debate.