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  • MO: Democrat Governor Nixon has until Mid July to Veto, Sign or Ignore Gun Law Reforms

    07/06/2014 5:08:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On the last day of the legislative session, June 3rd, the Missouri legislature passed SB646, which reforms the State's gun laws.     The bill was passed with a veto proof majority in the house, 111- 28 and a potentially veto proof majority in the Senate, 21-7.   Four senators did not vote.   Two more votes are needed to make the Senate vote veto proof.   Three of the Senators have voted pro-second amendment rights in the past.   From, here is some history:  Mike Parson Rep Voted for nulification bill Bob Dixon Rep Voted previously to overide veto of nullification bill...
  • Kansas Follows Principles and Texas on Concealed Guns in Statehouse

    06/22/2014 6:50:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Kansas legislators have decided to live by the same law and principles that they have required of communities around the State.   They welcome armed people who have obtained concealed carry permits into the Statehouse.  It is not as if there is any serious risk involved.   People who go to the trouble of obtaining concealed carry permits have repeatedly shown themselves to be many times more law abiding than the general population.   They commit murder at only a fraction of the rate that police officers do.   If the legislature trusts armed police officers in their Statehouse, they certainly should trust...
  • KS: Knife Law Refom Significant

    04/26/2014 11:05:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A growing trend in state governments is the reform of antiquated knife laws.  The laws were often passed decades ago.  They have been overtaken by Constitutional law.   Clearly, if firearms are protected under the second amendment, so are knives. Last year, in 2013, Kansas reformed their knife laws, enacting a statewide preemption to prevent local governments from chilling the exercise of second amendment rights for knives.   The law was found to have some ambiguity, so this year, as part of an overall weapons law reform bill, it was made clear that old local laws were repealed, and that it...
  • KS: Governor Signs Gun Reform Bill

    04/25/2014 6:28:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed HB 2578 into law today, 23 April, 2014.   The law strengthens state preemption by preventing local governments from banning  the open carry of firearms and making the disclosure of the possession of a concealed carry license a condition of employment.  From The governor has signed a bill that will bar local governments from enforcing local gun ordinances, his office announced Wednesday morning. Read more here: It requires adequate signage to prohibit the open carry of firearms by premises that choose to do so.   There is no penalty for open carrying in such...
  • KS:Gun Reform Goes to Governor Brownback

    04/12/2014 7:07:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas legislature has passed the current gun law reform bill by overwhelming margins and sent it to Governor Brownback for signature or veto.    The bill, HB2578/SB447, strengthens state preemption language that limits the power of local governments to chill the exercise of second amendment rights. It requires adequate signage to prohibit the open carry of firearms by premises that choose to do so.   There is no penalty for open carrying in such premises unless the open carrier refuses to leave when asked to do so. Guns that are forfeited to law enforcement agencies are mostly prohibited from being...
  • KS:UPDATE: Police arrest man they say shot home intruder

    02/14/2014 5:58:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 64 replies ^ | 4 February, 2014 | NA
    WICHITA, Kan. -- The man who police say shot and killed a home intruder early Monday morning has been arrested. Officers were called to the 2300 block of North Poplar shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. Officers say a 35-year-old woke up to a noise, then opened his bedroom door and saw a man inside his home. The men began fighting and shots were fired.
  • Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

    02/13/2014 8:51:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    NRAILA ^ | 12 February, 2014 | NRAILA
    Today, the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2473 by voice vote, sending it to the House floor.  HB 2473 was approved with the addition of a critical self-defense amendment offered by state Representative Michael Houser (R-1), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle without having a concealed handgun license (CHL).  Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support this comprehensive legislation! If passed and enacted into law, HB 2473 would expand Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibit municipalities from implementing local...
  • Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration

    02/09/2014 7:39:45 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Administration Propaganda(AP) ^ | 2-9-14 | Roxana Hegeman
    Feds deny requests from 3 states to require proof-of-citizenship on voter registration forms WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents. The decision came just hours before a court-imposed deadline in a lawsuit filed in federal court by Kansas and Arizona that seeks to force the commission to modify state-specific requirements for registering to vote in those states. Georgia, which has a similar...
  • Pat Roberts Rolls Out Worst Survey Ever (Kansas)

    01/23/2014 9:56:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Pat Roberts is up for re-election against a KS doctor with lose ties to the president trying to capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame. Pat Roberts, while not a vocal leader, has been a consistent vote for conservative principles in the Senate. His opponent, Milton Wolf, is running on a platform that Roberts has had his shot and failed to move the conservative movement forward. He has a valid point. Should Kansas conservatives continue to give Pat Roberts their vote even though they continue to lose ground on the national level or is it time to give someone else...
  • KS:Man robs south Wichita store, fights with clerk

    12/29/2013 9:14:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 20 December, 2013 | George Lawson
    Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte said the man walked into the Jump Start store at 1535 E.Pawnee around 11:20 p.m. He pulled out a gun and demanded money, and the 23-year-old female clerk gave him cash from the drawer. When the man demanded money from the safe, the clerk took the gun away from the man and hit him with it. The robber jumped over the counter and the two fought for several minutes. The clerk dragged the robber out of the store and told him to leave. As police were investigating the robbery, there was a call to 911...
  • Mandating Effective Gun Free Zones

    12/29/2013 6:44:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Kansas recently passed legislation requiring that local governments that ban the legal carry of concealed weapons in public buildings, do so for people who ignore the law as well.  The logic is simple: If a person is willing to do illegal harm with a weapon, then ignoring a simple sign that forbids people from having weapons on the premises will not be much of a deterrent.  This creates a situation where only those who are willing to ignore the law are armed.  John Lott has noted that all of the public mass shootings since 1950, except one, have been...
  • Wichita City Council allows concealed-carry in most city buildings

    12/24/2013 5:48:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 December, 2013 | Bill Wilson
    Wichita will open most of its public buildings – including libraries, recreational centers, CityArts and the Wichita Art Museum – to people carrying concealed guns under a new state law. Fearful of lawsuits, the City Council voted 4-2 to allow concealed-carry in all but 16 of 107 city-owned buildings effective Jan. 1. Guns will continue to be banned at City Hall, Mid-Continent Airport buildings, police buildings and city housing department facilities. In city buildings that are leased to third parties, such as the Wichita Boathouse, the operators retain the right to ban guns. The state law, Senate Substitute for House...
  • Kansas Counties Give up on Government Defenseless Victim Zones

    11/22/2013 12:57:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the reforms that was passed in Kansas in 2013 was a ban on government defenseless victim zones, unless they were enforced.   The law requires that if a government entity bans law abiding citizens from carrying guns on their premises, then they must enforce that ban for criminals who would ignore mere signs.  Rep. Forest Knox, who sponsored the bill, explained its purpose:  “It is about safety,” the Altoona Republican told the Emporia Gazette. “You’re not afraid of illegal guns that are already there but you’re afraid of law-abiding citizens who are carrying guns? And I think the...
  • KS: Regulation Means Ban in Prairie Village

    10/30/2013 11:38:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    When liberal fascists say that they have the right to regulate something, they mean they have the power to ban it.    This has been shown over and over again in  in the field of firearms legislation.  The Texas people, removed the reconstruction  governor by force, after  he refused to abide by election results.  Then they  restored the right to keep and bear arms that had been gutted by the carpet bagger constitution of 1869,  with the new state constitution of 1876.  Unfortunately, they left in a legislative loophole:  "Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in...
  • KS:Police: Man who shot at burglars was protecting himself

    09/30/2013 5:27:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 30 September, 2013 | Sia Nyorkor
    The resident called 911 around two o'clock Friday afternoon to report the shooting. It happened in the 1000 block of north Firefly, near 119th street West and Central. Police say the resident shot at the door and the alleged burglars drove off. Police caught up with them a short time later and found a 22-year-old with a gun shot wound to the head. Two other 19-year-olds in the car were arrested. Police say the homeowner was protecting himself and will not be charged.
  • Alabama Recognizes Kansas Concealed Carry Permits

    09/25/2013 6:11:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    WIBW ^ | 23 September, 2013 | Melissa Brunner
    Complete news release from the Kansas Attorney General's Office: Kansas concealed carry licenses are now recognized in the State of Alabama, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. The Office of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange last week notified the Kansas Attorney General’s office that a new Alabama law, which took effect August 1, recognizes valid concealed carry licenses from all other states. A similar law was passed by the Kansas legislature earlier this year, which allows all valid out-of-state permits to be recognized in Kansas when the non-resident permit holder is traveling temporarily in Kansas. Alabama is the 34th...
  • EMC Insurance Backs off of "No Guns" Policy, but it may be too late

    07/08/2013 4:14:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A Kansas law that allows teachers to carry weapons to protect children prompted EMC, the major insurance provider for Kansas Schools, to refuse to renew policies.   Three Kansas Community colleges  looked for alternate insurance sources after EMC told them it would drop their policies if they allowed staff to carry guns to protect their students. Independence Community College, Labette Community College and Neosho County Community College formed an insurance consortium at a considerable savings. EMC made a counter offer, but it may be too late. David Wallis, an incoming ICC Trustee said: "I truly believe when the word gets...

    07/08/2013 1:36:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    nomoremister ^ | 8 July, 2013 | Steve M.
    EMC Insurance is a firm that began a century ago as Employers Mutual Casualty Association of Iowa. Its products are sold in forty states and it claims to be one of the sixty largest insurance companies in America. And now it thinks it can defy an interest group that does not like to be disrespected: A new Kansas law allowing gun owners to carry weapons in public buildings, including schools, has thrust a major Des Moines-based insurer into the national gun control debate. The EMC Insurance Cos. insures 85 percent to 90 percent of all Kansas school districts and...
  • New Kansas law backed by NRA seeks to clamp down on lobbying

    06/07/2013 11:11:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 5 June, 3013 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. – Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues.
  • KS:Crime Beat: Resident holds gun on burglary suspect

    05/13/2013 3:52:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 10 May, 2013 | n
    A Burkburnett man is jailed after allegedly trying to break into a home in Wichita Falls and being met by a resident with a gun. According to a probable cause affidavit: Wichita Falls police responded to a burglary call on Anita Street on April 30. They were told the resident was holding the suspect at gunpoint in the backyard. The resident told officers he heard someone trying to get into the house and saw a man removing the glass from a storm door. He confronted the would-be intruder and held him until police arrived.
  • On the Second Amendment, Kansas points the way

    04/29/2013 4:43:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 18 April, 2013 | Mike Maharrey
    Opponents of federal gun control won a victory in the Senate Wednesday. But without a doubt, Congress will pass some sort of gun-control legislation. And that act will certainly violate the Constitution. Our founding document does not delegate firearm-regulating power to Congress or the president. No clause in the Constitution empowers the federal government to ban any type of gun or magazine, create a gun registry or implement a national system of background checks, and the Second Amendment actively restricts federal power in this area. It prevents the federal government from infringing on the right of people to keep and...
  • 12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster

    04/06/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 93 replies
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan. The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking. Reid is expected to bring a gun-control bill to the floor as early as next...
  • Abortionist upset her identity goes public as owner of Tiller's Wichita clinic

    04/01/2013 11:20:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Operation Rescue staff
    WICHITA, KS, April 1, 2013 (Operation Rescue) – Through an undercover investigation conducted by Operation Rescue, it has been learned that Chicago area abortionist Cheryl Chastine has made plans to fly to Wichita to provide abortions at South Wind Women’s Center, a proposed new abortion clinic located in George Tiller’s former abortion building on East Kellogg. Chastine, 31, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2009. She was first licensed to practice medicine in Illinois in August, 2011 and obtained licensure in Kansas on January 17, 2013. Chastine currently works at Total Wellness, Inc. in Oak Park,...
  • Kansas: NRA-Backed Bills Advance in the Sunflower State

    03/13/2013 6:23:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 March, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Today, the Kansas Senate voted 32 to 8 to pass Senate Bill 45, an important pro-gun reform that would prohibit taxpayer money from financing gun control campaigns in any manner. This bill now goes to the state House of Representatives where it will be assigned to an appropriate committee for further consideration. SB 45 is a common sense reform that would help preserve the rights of taxpayers to ensure that public funds are not used to pursue a political agenda against our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Another bill of interest to sportsmen and hunters in Kansas has been...
  • No arrests planned in fatal shooting Monday, says Sumner County sheriff

    03/10/2013 12:53:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 4 March, 2013 | Beccy Tanner
    “We’re not going to pursue criminal charges,” Chambers said. “Based on the scene and a witness and the history of the gentleman, we don’t feel this was anything more than self-defense.” The Kansas Highway Patrol had been looking for the 41-year-old man, who Chambers said had several warrants out for his arrest in Iowa, shortly before noon. The man had driven through a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth without paying. His car, which Chambers said was stolen from Indiana, was found abandoned a short time later. He was seen running into a wooded area near the tollbooth. Kansas Highway Patrol authorities searched...
  • Liquor store owner detains knife-wielding robber at gunpoint

    03/02/2013 4:35:56 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 11 replies ^ | March 2, 2013
    A man attempting to rob a central Topeka liquor store with a steak knife bit off more than he could chew Saturday afternoon when the business’ owner pulled a handgun on him. The owner then held the would-be robber at gunpoint until officers arrived to arrest the man without further incident, Topeka police said. Cpl. Chris Sturgeon identified the suspect as Joseph Vincent Eldringhoff, 27, of Topeka. Officers were summoned at 2:33 p.m. to Charlie’s Liquor, 1235 S.W. Huntoon, on a report of an armed robbery.
  • Illegal immigrant pleads guilty in ‘total identity theft’ case in 18-month prison deal

    01/07/2013 6:06:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | By Associated Press
    WICHITA, Kan. — An illegal immigrant accused of assuming the persona of a Texas teacher pleaded guilty Monday in a case that put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the United States.
  • Homeowner shoots intruder near Mulvane(KS)

    12/13/2012 7:49:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 12 December, 2012 | NA
    MULVANE, Kansas -- A 31-year-old burglary suspect is listed in serious but stable condition after he was shot in the chest by a homeowner in rural Mulvane. It happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the homeowner found the man in his garage and held him at gunpoint while his wife called 911. "The suspect threatened him, came at him," said Capt. Mike Yoder with the Sumner County Sheriff's Department. "He fired one round. It struck him in the upper chest."
  • Loaded Guns In Cars Legalized In Topeka(KS)

    12/06/2012 10:57:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 5 December, 2012 | Giang Nguyen
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Now that the city of Topeka has approved the 2012 Uniform Public Offense Code, openly transporting a loaded firearm in your car will be legal. The new ordinance takes effect next Monday, December 10, according to City spokeswoman Suzie Gilbert. "Shawnee County allows the open transportation of loaded weapons, but the city of Topeka had up to now, prohibited that," Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said. In most of the State of KS, that's the same way. You can transport a firearm, in cars loaded." Others say it could only lead to trouble. "My main concern...
  • Lawmaker to take another shot at concealed carry(KS)

    12/03/2012 7:05:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 2 December, 2012 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Supporters of carrying concealed guns in Kansas will reload when the 2013 legislative session starts in January. “We can trust the average Kansan to carry a deadly weapon,” said Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. “It is not the weapon that is evil; it is criminals that misuse weapons.” Knox was elected to the Kansas Senate in November and will take that position in January. During the last legislative session, Knox pushed a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons into public buildings, such as university classrooms, dorms, city halls and other such structures if those...
  • Store robbery on North Broadway ends with clerk fatally shooting suspect(KS)

    11/23/2012 5:27:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 22 November, 2012 | DAN VOORHIS
    A robbery of a convenience store along North Broadway ended Thursday evening when a store clerk shot and fatally wounded one of two robbery suspects, Wichita police said. Shortly after 7 p.m., two armed men entered KC Gas & Groceries store at 1161 N. Broadway, said Sgt. Ron Hunt of the Wichita Police Department. Police got a call about a robbery shortly afterward. A store clerk fired a gun and shot one of the suspects, Hunt said. The other man ran out. A police officer arrived minutes later to find a man lying on the floor of the store. The...
  • Weight of attorney general’s opinion on open carry debate

    10/07/2012 7:55:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 6 October, 2012 | Hurst Laviana
    The wording of the law seems clear. “Nothing in this section shall prohibit a city or county from regulating the manner of openly carrying a loaded firearm” on public property. Tell that to the lawyers. From the Kansas Attorney General’s Office: “A city may not completely prohibit the open carry of a loaded firearm on one’s person.” From the Kansas League of Municipalities: “Logically, if the city can regulate, it can prohibit. … The attorney general’s reasoning is erroneous.” The attorney general’s opinion that was released Dec. 29 prompted city councils in Wichita and Overland Park to rewrite their firearms...
  • Armed business owner thwarts attempted robbery(KS)

    10/04/2012 6:04:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 2 October, 2012 | Stan Finger
    Steve Yager saw him approaching from two blocks away. Even though it was awfully warm for the first morning of October, the pedestrian had his sweatshirt drawn up tight against him and the hood up over his head. “Well, here comes trouble,” Yager thought. Sure enough, the man came up to him and asked him for the time. “There was a clock right there in the antique (store) window” right next to where he was parked in the 900 block of West Douglas on Monday morning, Yager said. “It was just a ploy.” The man turned and walked to the...
  • Wichita business owner foils robbery attempt(KS)

    10/03/2012 5:14:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 2 October, 2012 | Kyle McCaskey
    A robbery attempt went awry when a local business owner pointed a gun at the suspect's head. The owner of Club Billiards was getting out of his truck around 10 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of W. Douglas when a man came up to him. "He had his hands in his pockets. He stated he had a gun and wanted the victim's wallet," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte. "The victim stated that he also had a gun, at which time he produced a handgun and pointed it at the suspect's head."
  • Community, officials join in East St. Louis gun buy-back effort(IL)

    08/27/2012 4:35:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 26 August, 2012 | CAROLYN P. SMITH
    EAST ST. LOUIS — The event was called "Turn It In -- Turn It Around," and it was a chance for people with guns in their homes to turn them in and receive a $25 gift certificate to Schnucks grocery stores. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's deputies stood by a safe storage truck, ready to collect any guns that were brought to the armory on 29th and State streets in East St. Louis. Eight guns, including a sawed-off shot gun, were collected.
  • Group aims to reverse open-carry firearms law in Wichita (KS barf alert)

    07/30/2012 8:04:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 29 July, 2012 | Bill Wilson, The Wichita Eagle
    On Thursday, it became legal for the first time in decades to strap on a holster and a firearm in Wichita, carrying it openly without a permit. And today, a group of city officials and business owners are looking for a way to reverse that city ordinance. “I’m not going to live in Tombstone,” Wichita Vice Mayor Janet Miller said. The city’s new open carry laws are a classic case of a state mandate, city officials say: Wichita’s city firearms ordinance, which prohibited the open display of a loaded firearm, has been in conflict with – or in legal terms,...
  • Open Carry law clarified in Wichita(KS)

    07/29/2012 12:30:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Craig Andres
    Wichita, Kansas -- It is now perfectly legal to walk down Wichita city streets with a loaded gun in plain sight. Some restrictions apply. "Well, you've got to have the safety on," says District Court Judge Phil Journey. "And the gun has to be in a holster and on your hip." Journey says, as a lawmaker for years, he followed a lot of changes in gun laws. Now the City of Wichita says it is enacting change. "For this one," says Journey, "In Kansas we have what's called a pre-emption law. We enacted that law in 2005 and we had...
  • Open carry movement achieves policy trifecta

    07/25/2012 9:03:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 July, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Over the last two weeks the open carry movement scored a number of policy wins across America. From South Dakota, to Kansas, and Michigan, the right to open carry firearms is gaining political and legal traction. On July 10th the Wichita, KS City Council repealed the ordinance banning the open carry of handguns in order to comply with state law. In a subsequent “media advisory,” the Wichita city government explained that the “new ordinance allows for the lawful open carry of a firearm. The only exceptions, as provided by other state and city laws, are City Hall, the Courthouse and...
  • Concealed carry permits on the rise locally(KS)

    07/23/2012 6:01:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 21 July, 2012 | James Jordan
    NEWTON — More and more people are getting permits to carry concealed weapons, both around the state and in Harvey County. According to figures released by the state attorney general, there were 12,408 permit applications in the just finished fiscal year of 2012, up from 9,148 in 2011. Since the law was enacted in 2006 allowing concealed carry in Kansas, there have been more than 44,000 permits issued. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said he has noticed an increase locally in people wanting permits to carry concealed weapons. “We are getting about 15 applications per month,” Walton said. “Just this...
  • Police ID man shot, killed in home invasion(KS)

    07/13/2012 4:32:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 July, 2012 | Phil Anderson
    Topeka police have identified the man shot and killed Thursday night during what they called an intrusion into a home, something they said was not “a random act.” Cpt. Jerry Stanley on Friday afternoon identified the deceased as Cyril K. Smith, 31. Stanley said Smith was one of at least two men who entered a residence at 1812 S.E. Pennsylvania shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. Several residents were in the house at the time, Stanley said, and gunshots fired from within the house struck and killed Smith, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not yet identified any...
  • Homeowner shoots would-be robber in arm(KS)

    06/24/2012 4:35:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 23 June, 2012 | Amy Renee Leiker
    A Wichita man shot a would-be robber in an early morning home invasion, police say. Wichita police Sgt. Jim Pinegar said a 64-year-old man walked into a house in the 3000 block of E. First Street, near Hillside, shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. The resident of the home fired two shots at the other man using a .45-caliber gun, Pinegar said. One shot hit his arm. The man fled to a nearby Kwik Shop, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Within minutes, someone at the store called 911 to report a gunshot victim on scene. The resident of the...
  • Prosecutors still pondering action in case of gun in KU dorm room(KS)

    06/12/2012 10:45:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | George Diepenbrock
    Douglas County prosecutors are still reviewing whether to file charges against a 22-year-old Kansas University student who was accused of possessing a gun inside his scholarship hall room in April. A Lawrence attorney says the case illustrates constitutional questions because a student’s campus dorm room is considered a student’s home, where the Supreme Court has ruled it’s a fundamental right for residents to possess firearms for protection under the Second Amendment. “It’s an area of the law that is newly developing because of Supreme Court cases,” said defense attorney Carl Folsom, who is not involved in the case. “It seems...
  • Kansas Sportsmen's Self Defense Bill Signed into Law

    04/04/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 30 March, 2012 | 13663
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed House Bill 2491, the Sportsmen's Self Defense bill into law. The bill would allow hunters, fishermen and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field. The bill passed in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February, the state Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 15 before it was sent to the governors guest. The commonsense bill would allow an individual to carry a handgun for person protection while hunting, fishing or trapping as long as it is used for personal protection and not the unauthorized taking of wildlife....
  • Kansas food stamp policy becomes a political tangle

    03/15/2012 4:41:41 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 15, 2012 | Laura Bauer and Brad Cooper
    Months after a new Kansas policy cut food stamps going to thousands of children, some lawmakers are mounting efforts to help those families. But they’re finding it’s difficult when the issue involves families with some members who are living in the country illegally. Legislative leaders don’t appear eager to tackle any illegal immigration issue in an election year. Earlier this week, senators in Topeka proposed an amendment to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services budget that ultimately could have restored some aid to the children who are U.S. citizens but whose parents are illegal immigrants. But on Wednesday, the...
  • Romney leads Alaska presidential preference poll (Wins by 420 votes)

    03/07/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 36 replies
    FAIRBANKS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney maintained a strong lead with most of the results counted in the Alaska Republican presidential preference poll held today. With 4,225 votes, the former Massachusetts Governor took 32.6 percent of the statewide vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 29 percent, Texas congressman Ron Paul took about 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 14 percent. At 10:30 p.m., 95 percent of the vote had been counted. Alaska was one of 10 states to participate in the Republican nomination process today and will divvy up 24 of its delegates according to...
  • Amid protests, Kobach pushes immigration laws

    02/16/2012 7:05:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies ^ | , Feb. 16, 2012 | BRENT D. WISTROM
    TOPEKA — With protesters chanting and pounding drums outside the Capitol, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s most prominent advocates of illegal immigration crackdowns, urged lawmakers Wednesday to force employers and law enforcement officers to help chase off illegal immigrants. “There’s no question that if a state passes laws to discourage illegal immigration … then you will see some self-deportation,” Kobach told the House State and Federal Affairs Committee. The protesters outside said those laws are more likely to produce discrimination, worker shortages and costly lawsuits. “If Mr. Kobach, who is promoting, not only here in Kansas...
  • Pope Appoints Oklahoma City Vicar General Bishop Of Salina

    02/06/2012 2:07:05 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    USCCB ^ | February 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Edward Weisenburger, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, bishop of Salina, Kansas. Bishop-elect Weisenburger, 51, succeeds Archbishop Paul Stagg Coakley, who was appointed archbishop of Oklahoma City on December 16, 2010. The appointment was publicized in Washington, February 6, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Edward John Weisenburger was born December 23, 1960, in Alton, Illinois and attended Edison Institute and Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from Conception Seminary College in Missouri, American College Leuven in Belgium, and St. Paul University Seminar in Ottawa, Canada,...
  • Lawmakers won’t review concealed carry for blind(KS)

    02/02/2012 7:50:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Chad Lawhorn
    A little-known provision in Kansas law that allows the blind and other people with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed weapons in public places likely will not get reviewed by state lawmakers this session. Kansas legislators are expected to debate a proposal that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns onto college campuses and into many public buildings. But the chief proponent of that bill said Wednesday he has no plans to introduce legislation that would clarify a 2010 law change that removed the ability of the Kansas Attorney General to deny a concealed carry license based...
  • Mixed signals on illegal immigrants in Kansas

    02/02/2012 12:27:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Kansas City Star‎ - ^ | February 2, 2012 | Barb Shelly
    Duck if you’re headed into the state of Kansas. Mixed signals are flying fast. On the subject of undocumented immigrants, officials are all over the place. The secretary of agriculture wants to put them to work. The secretary of state wants to deport them. The governor vows to eradicate child poverty while taking food aid from the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. Are we confused yet? Let’s start with the simplest piece. That would be Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose position on illegal immigrants never changes. He wants them gone, period. The legal eagle is always very busy helping...
  • State bill proposes right to carry concealed weapons on campus(KS barf alert)

    01/30/2012 1:56:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 29 January, 2012 | Rachel Salyer
    A bill in the Kansas House of Federal and State Affairs Committee would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms onto college and university campuses. The committee heard testimony Wednesday and Thursday on House Bill 2353, introduced by Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. Under the current law, public and private buildings may prohibit entry of permit holders’ firearms with signs posted at every entrance, which the University currently does. According to the new bill, public places would not be able to prohibit firearms by licensed carriers unless it had “adequate security measures,” including security guards and metal detectors at all...