Among the 50 states in the Union, few are in as good a position as Kansas to make dramatic improvements in protecting the Second Amendment.

Republicans have 3-1 majorities in the House and Senate; and they control the Governor’s Mansion, as well.

So it is great news that Senator Terry Bruce (R-34) has introduced Senate Bill 45, which would make the Jayhawk State the seventh "constitutional carry" state in the country. 

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

Senate Bill 45 would add Kansas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under Senate Bill 45, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Kansas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

ACTION: Urge your state senator to cosponsor and support Senate Bill 45.

HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR.  

1. Proceed to http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners 

2. Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)

3. Scroll down and click on the name of your state senator.

4. Click on your senator’s website, which will be found under his or her name (upper left).

5. Find and click on the senator’s email address or webform. 

6. Take the pre-written letter below and cut-n-paste this into the email or webform. 

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator:

Please cosponsor and support Senate Bill 45, introduced by Senator Terry Bruce.

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

Senate Bill 45 would add Kansas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under Senate Bill 45, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Kansas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

Again, please cosponsor SB 45.

Sincerely,