Kansas Senate Panel Endorses Gun Rights Measure

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Senate committee has endorsed a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to guarantee an individual's right to own a gun.

The Judiciary Committee's unanimous voice vote Friday sent the measure to the Senate for debate.

It's a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the federal constitution's Second Amendment grants individuals the right to bear arms.

The Kansas Constitution says: ``The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.''

But a 1905 Kansas Supreme Court decision says it's a collective, not an individual, right. The proposed amendment would give the right to each person.

If both legislative houses adopted the proposal by two-thirds majorities, it would be put to a statewide vote.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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