No Permit Needed Now to Bring Gun to Kansas Capitol
July 8, 2015

(AP) – Visitors to the Kansas Statehouse can bring concealed guns into the historic building without a state permit under a new state law.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the new law took effect July 1. It ended a requirement for residents 21 and older to obtain a state permit to carry concealed firearms.
The state last year began allowing people to carry concealed guns into the Statehouse if they had a permit.
Ending the permit requirement means someone no longer must undergo a background check or complete eight hours of firearms training to carry a concealed gun.
Supporters of the new law said Kansas residents should be able to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own and carry guns in the Statehouse. Critics have safety concerns.

KC Council Votes Down Complying with Mo. Law on Concealed Weapons & Intoxicated Permit Holders
March 7, 2014

The Kansas City Council couldn’t swallow what was thought to be a simple change in city law, to comply with a state law on concealed weapons and intoxication.
Missouri state law permits the holder of a concealed weapons permit to carry the weapon even if the holder is intoxicated.
The permit holder can carry the weapon while intoxicated as long as the owner does not use the weapon in a negligent fashion.
Most Council members think the state law on this is a poor one.
“It’s kind of like , well, it’s OK if you drive drunk, as long as you don’t hit anybody,” said Councilman John Sharp, ” you just have to be real careful”.
Sharp voted for the ordinance change to comply with the state law.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James, however, voted against it.
“Just because the 2nd Amendment mentions guns ( the idea) everybody and anybody ought to have the right to have whatever guns they want, whenever they want them, under any circumstances, in an urban seething, is in my mind, ludicrous,” the Mayor said.
The ordinance to comply to the state law failed by one vote.
The defeat is largely symbolic, a display of frustration by the council.
Eventually, the City will have to change the local law to comply with the state statute.

Kansas Lays Out Rules for Taking Guns into Election Polls
November 28, 2013

(AP)–Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued guidance Wednesday on how the state’s concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.

In an opinion issued at the request of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Schmidt said voters with permits to carry concealed firearms must comply with regulations that applied to the specific location before an election. That means if voters are allowed to have a concealed weapon in a building before the election they will be allowed to carry concealed guns when voting.

“The use of real property as a polling place does not transform the nature of that property for the purposes of the (Personal and Family Protection Act),” Schmidt wrote.

Polling sites in Kansas are often found in places where guns are not usually allowed, such as churches, schools, universities and charity organizations. Guns also have been prohibited as a general rule from polling places to prevent voter intimidation or interference with elections.

Kobach requested the opinion, to clarify any ambiguity over how the law applied in non-governmental buildings during elections. Such buildings include property leased temporarily as polling places.

“We expected that the ruling would be very detailed and depend on the circumstances,” Kobach said. “That’s because the concealed carry laws are detailed and depend on the circumstances.”

Jones Calls for Another Panel on DOR Scanning Controversy
May 6, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has launched another panel to investigate how concealed carry information got into federal investigators hands from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Other lawmakers have been conducting hearing into the same issue this spring.
“The public’s trust in our government has been harmed by this violation of their privacy, and the only way to begin to repair the damage done is to determine the extent of the scandal, find those responsible, and make sure they are held accountable,” said Jones in a news release.
Personal confidential information about applicants for concealed carry permits in Misssouri ended up in the hands of federal Social Security investigators.
One of the investigators told a Senate Committee looking at the issue they were unable able to read the data on the discs they received.
Jones named several people to the panel today.
They include Stoddard County Prosecutor Ross Oliver.
Oliver acted as the private attorney for a Stoddard County man who triggered the controversy.
The man refused to permit employees at a state fee office to scan in his personal information.
He was refused the application that had already been approved by the local sheriff’s office.
Others named to the panel include:
· Mr. Omar Davis, former General Counsel and Director of the Department of Revenue
· Sheriff Glen Bayer of Jefferson County
· Mr. Gary Fuhr, former State Representative and retired FBI agent
· The Honorable Mike Fusselman, prosecutor for Randolph County

Jones says others may be added later.

Jackson Co to Expand Concealed Permit Application Hours as Requests Surge
April 23, 2013

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office, which serves a large portion of Kansas City, Missouri, is expanding its hours to handle concealed weapons permit (CCP) applications because of a surge of requests.

“We’re seeing a spike”, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp.

His department says they have processed 53% more application than at the same time a year ago.

To accomodate the surge, Sharp says his CCP office will stay open later two nights a week and will start accepting appoints to come in and get an application or renew a permit.

The same appears to be true in neighboring Clay County, which also services are large portion of Kansas City, north of the Missouri River.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office reports a 50% increase from the same time a year ago.

Marcia Powell was at the Show me Shooter’s range Tuesday.

She said she got her concealed weapons permit in January.

Powell says she fears the Obama Administration could try to restrict access to guns.

She also says she feels safer with a gun.

“I’m armed, I’m protected. I feel safe when I’m out. And, I know how to shoot my gun,” she said.

Tuesday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office CCP department was full. Sharp says it’s like that most days. The Department records show they’re handling an average of more than 41 cases each business day.

Mark Pocok was there Tuesday renewing his permit.

He agrees with those who say they feel safer if they have a weapon.

“Probably for protection. Some folks have to work in bad parts of town. Criminals got guns,” he said.

The situation is much the same in suburban Kansas City on the Kansas side.

Heavily populated Johnson County Kansas’ Sheriff’s Department says they’ve already processed more than two thirds of all of the concealed weapons permits they received in 2012.

It appears Missouri’s concealed weapons process may be headed for changes.

In light of the controversy over whether or not Missouri’s Department of Revenue (DOR) improperly shared private CCP application data, some Republican lawmakers are pushing to remove the DOR and the state’s license bureaus from the CCP process altogether.
Tuesday, the Missouri House passed a bill giving Missouri Sheriffs control over the entire CCP application process.

Until the controversy! Missouri driver’s license operations would often endorse a CCP holder’s driver’s license with an advisory on the license the individual is authorized to carry a conceal weapon.

Jackson County Sheriff Sharp agrees with removing the DOR from the process.

“There is no need for you, to come here, have your fingerprints taken, then have to go to another location to pick up your ID card,” Sharp said.

The new Jackson County Sheriff Dept. CCP hours are:

Monday 8:30 am-7:30 (renewals only 8:30-12:00pm)

Tuesday: 8:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-3:30 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am-7:30 pm (renewals only8:30 am-12:00 pm)

Friday: 8:30 am-3:30 pm