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Gun-rights camel already in the tent

Gun-rights groups often warn against allowing the “gun-control camel” to gets its nose under the tent. But in Kansas, the opposite happened. When the Legislature voted in 2006 to allow concealed-carry guns in Kansas, proponents assured the public that there would be permitting requirements and other restrictions. Not long after that, lawmakers blocked local governments from having additional concealed-carry restrictions. Then last year, they prohibited cities from restricting the open carry of guns. Now, 26 state senators are sponsoring a bill that would allow any Kansan who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed in public, no permit or training class required. “It is like we are going back to the wild, wild West,” said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita. – Phillip Brownlee