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Kansans want permits for concealed-carry, survey finds

Nearly 80 percent of likely voters in Kansas support requiring permits and training to carry a concealed handgun in public, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted last week. The poll, which was sponsored by the gun-control groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, also found that 53 percent of those surveyed would be less likely to vote for a state lawmaker who supported removing the permitting requirement, while 18 percent were more likely to support such a lawmaker. Also of note, 98 percent of Kansas households in which someone has a concealed-carry permit support the permit requirement. Yet the Kansas Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 45, which would eliminate permit and training requirements. – Phillip Brownlee