Kansas: Reciprocity bill that would lower concealed carry age to 18 passes House

By a vote of 83-41, the Kansas House approved legislation that would both lower the age requirement for a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18 and recognize concealed carry licenses from other states.

The vote on the bill, 🚨❌ HB 2326 was scored by LEAP Forward as a key vote, and given extra weight due to the high priority the National Rifle Association has put on passage. The bill mirrors an Idaho law that also passed this week in greatly increasing the population allowed to carry concealed weapons in the state. The age change hinges on the reciprocity aspect of the bill - once permit holders from other states to carry in Kansas, the minimum age in those states had to become the minimum age in Kansas. This perfectly encapsulates the β€œrace to the bottom” aspect of reciprocity laws.

Four Democrats and five Republicans defected in what was otherwise a party-line vote.

The bill now heads to the Senate.