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Permits no longer required for conceal and carry in Kansas

The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms is a complicated and controversial subject in light of today’s fears regarding gun violence. On the one hand, a person’s constitutional rights should definitely not be curtailed in light of fears; just like one’s Fourth Amendment rights to be free from illegal searches and seizures should not be limited out of fear that a person could be acquitted of a crime.

Nevertheless, the right to carry a gun, subject to adherence to state laws, is an important consideration. However, the passage of a new law will make carrying a concealed weapon simpler. According to a recent Kansas City Star report, Kansans will be able to carry guns without a permit, and in some cases, be able to obtain a weapon without a criminal background check. The new law has garnered concerns from law enforcement agencies, while generating a sense of pride from gun enthusiasts. 

A primary concern is that many people will skip the voluntary training sessions that used to be required to obtain a conceal and carry permit. This training was much more than just imparting safety information, it helped people understand the difference between self-defense, justifiable homicide and other crimes such as murder and manslaughter.

It remains to be seen how the new law will affect gun purchases and gun crimes; as well as how law enforcement agencies will police the public. After all, officer safety is a primary concern when they interact with the public, so guarding against the unknown (with a gun) could lead to dire consequences on the streets. 

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