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* [[Andrew Gray]] of the [[Libertarian Party of Kansas]] candidate for Kansas Governor announced his endorsement of the measure, stating “I encourage Kansas voters to affirm our state’s commitment to the right to keep and bear arms,and to acknowledge the responsibility of Kansans to treat each other as capable adults and respect the liberty of others by voting in support of this amendment.”<ref> [http://kansasproud.com/?p=606''Kansas Proud'', "Libertarian Governor Candidate Addresses Ballot Questions", October 1, 2010]</ref>
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* Andrew Gray of the Libertarian Party of Kansas candidate for Kansas Governor announced his endorsement of the measure, stating “I encourage Kansas voters to affirm our state’s commitment to the right to keep and bear arms,and to acknowledge the responsibility of Kansans to treat each other as capable adults and respect the liberty of others by voting in support of this amendment.”<ref> [http://kansasproud.com/?p=606''Kansas Proud'', "Libertarian Governor Candidate Addresses Ballot Questions", October 1, 2010]</ref>
  
 
* Former [[Kansas Senate|Kansas Senator]] [[Todd Tiahrt]] announced his endorsement of the measure, stating, "Our Founding Fathers believed that our right to keep and bear arms was fundamental to our very freedom as a people. I urge Kansans to support the Yes on 1 Ballot Initiative by helping to educate and inform their friends and neighbors about this important vote."<ref> [http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/148489 ''American Chronicle'', "Tiahrt endorses second amendment ballot initiative", March 29, 2010]</ref>
 
* Former [[Kansas Senate|Kansas Senator]] [[Todd Tiahrt]] announced his endorsement of the measure, stating, "Our Founding Fathers believed that our right to keep and bear arms was fundamental to our very freedom as a people. I urge Kansans to support the Yes on 1 Ballot Initiative by helping to educate and inform their friends and neighbors about this important vote."<ref> [http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/148489 ''American Chronicle'', "Tiahrt endorses second amendment ballot initiative", March 29, 2010]</ref>

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The Kansas Right to Bear Arms Question, also known as Constitutional Amendment Question 1, will appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Kansas as an legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If the measure is enacted by Kansas voters, it would change the constitution to allow the right to bear arms in the state of Kansas for lawful purposes. State Senator Mike Petersen and Tim Huelskamp are the sponsors of the proposal. [1][2][3]

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that Kansas voters will see on their ballot reads as follows:[3]

Explanatory statement. The purpose of this amendment is to preserve constitutionally the right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for all other lawful purposes, including hunting and recreation.
A vote for this amendment would constitutionally preserve the right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose.
A vote against this amendment would provide for no constitutional right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose.

Constitutional changes

If Kansas voters enact the measure, Section 4 of the Kansas Bill of Rights would read as follows:

A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose.[4]

The text of Section 4 of the Kansas Bill of Rights currently reads:

The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

Support

Supporters

  • Andrew Gray of the Libertarian Party of Kansas candidate for Kansas Governor announced his endorsement of the measure, stating “I encourage Kansas voters to affirm our state’s commitment to the right to keep and bear arms,and to acknowledge the responsibility of Kansans to treat each other as capable adults and respect the liberty of others by voting in support of this amendment.”[5]
  • Former Kansas Senator Todd Tiahrt announced his endorsement of the measure, stating, "Our Founding Fathers believed that our right to keep and bear arms was fundamental to our very freedom as a people. I urge Kansans to support the Yes on 1 Ballot Initiative by helping to educate and inform their friends and neighbors about this important vote."[6]
  • Patricia Stoneking, President of the Kansas State Rifle Association applauded the endorsement by Tiahrt when she stated, "We are excited and humbled that Todd Tiahrt will help continue to lead the charge for the Second Amendment in the State of Kansas by supporting the Yes on 1 Ballot Initiative."

Opposition

Opponents

  • Paul Helmke, member of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence stated about the measure, "The U.S. Supreme Court, in two different decisions over the last two years has determined that the 2nd amendment is applicable to the states. This is completely ridiculous and unnecessary."[7]

Path to the ballot

The bill was first introduced in the Kansas State Senate on February 27, 2009, who voted to approve the bill on March 24, 2009 with a vote of 39 to 1. The bill was then sent to the Kansas House of Representatives, who then voted to place the measure on the ballot on March 25, 2009 with a vote of 116 to 9. The bill was then enrolled on April 1, 2009. A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Kansas State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot. Kansas is one of sixteen states that implement this process.[8]

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