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Kansas House advances bill lowering age for concealed weapons to 18

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

— The Kansas House advanced a bill that will allow people as young as 18 to carry concealed weapons.

Currently only those 21 and older can carry concealed weapons. The new law would require those between 18 and 21 to get a gun permit, which is not required after age 21.

The bill advanced Thursday by a vote of 85-35 and could come to a final vote Friday.

The Kansas City Star reports lawmakers rejected a proposal to allow the state's six public universities to prohibit concealed weapons. However, those taking guns onto campuses would need to get permits. Public universities have been required to allow guns on campus since last year.

The legislation also requires Kansas to recognize the concealed carry permits of other states.


Mike Riner

I thought one had to be 21 to purchase a handgun, but I guess if you carry someone else's weapon........still a bad idea to let under 21's carry concealed!

3 months, 3 weeks ago


Bill Turner

I'm still not clear on why I'm prohibited from developing my own nuclear weapons. Seems like a clear violation of my right to bear arms. While we're all quibbling about these little pea-shooters and whether 18 year-olds can carry them, the military has the real weaponry and we're not allowed to have any of it. These rules fly in the face of the second amendment! I want a patriot missile to defend against drones! I want a fully operational M1A1 Abrams tank to drive to work! I want an AH-64 Apache gunship to protect my shipments of cash to the bank! WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?

3 months, 3 weeks ago


Richard Neuschafer

Leave it to someone with ties to ALEC to propose lowering the age requirement. The NRA is an ALEC member.

3 months, 2 weeks ago


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