Kansas House passes bill dropping concealed carry age to 18

Current minimum age is 21
Kansas House passes bill dropping concealed carry age to 18

Kansas lawmakers are considering lowering the age at which people can carry hidden guns.

The House Wednesday passed a bill that would allow people as young as 18 would be allowed to carry concealed weapons. The Wichita Eagle reports that Wednesday’s 83-41 vote sends the bill to the Senate.

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 bill, 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.

Opponents of the proposal argue that it could endanger lives, but backers say it’s about having protection when the unexpected happens.

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