House passes bill dropping concealed carry age to 18
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People as young as 18 would be allowed to carry concealed weapons under a bill that has won passage in the House.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Wednesday’s 83-41 vote sends the bill to the Senate. Opponents argued that it could endanger lives, but backers say it’s about having protection when the unexpected happens.
Kansas has what is called constitutional carry, or the right to carry a firearm in any capacity, for residents 21 and older. A concealed carry license, available to those who complete required training, allows the holder to carry in states that have reciprocal agreements with Kansas.
Under the new law, the minimum age for concealed carry training would drop to 18. Residents who don’t receive a license at 18 would still be allowed constitutional carry in the state at age 21.