Kansas Gun Amendment Advances

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Voters may get to decide next November
whether Kansas should amend its constitution to clarify that the
right to bear arms is an individual right, not a collective right.

A measure placing the issue on the 2010 general election ballot
cleared the Senate by a 39-1 vote Tuesday. A similar resolution is
awaiting action in the House.

It's a response to a 2008 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.


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