Bill allowing more Kansans to conceal carry passes through House

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A bill allowing more people in Kansas to conceal carry made it's way through the House of Representatives Thursday.

The bill would require Kansan to acknowledge out of state concealed carry permits.

An amendment to try to prohibit concealed carry on college campuses failed 53 to 69.

"Only 10 states out of 50 in out United States, allow guns on campus," Democrat Barbara Ballard said.

Ballard added that she doesn't believe it is a matter of security if only 10 states allow it. Republican John Whitmer said the proposed amendment is not friendly to the second amendment.

"National statistics estimate that for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape per school year," Whitmer said. "Why would we deny a law abiding citizen her constitutional right to defend herself?"

One amendment that did passed, lowered the concealed carry age from 21 to 18.

Republican Brenda Landwehr said consistency is needed in the law.

"If we're going to allow individuals from outside of the state of Kansas to come in, that their state allows them to carry under the age of 21," Landwehr said. "Then the residents of Kansas should have that same capability."

Kansans between the ages of 18 and 21 would go through training and pass needed background checks before being granted a permit.

The final vote could come Friday.