Kansas Right to Bear Arms Question, Constitutional Amendment Question 1 (2010)

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The Kansas Right to Bear Arms Question 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]

Text of amendment

Ballot language

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

The purpose of this amendment is to pre-serve 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.’’[3]

Summary

The summary of the proposed amendment reads as follows:[3]

A proposition to amend section 4 of the bill of rights of the constitution of the state of Kansas, relating to the right to bear arms.

Constitutional changes

If Kansas voters enact the measure, Section 4 of the Kansas Bill of Rights would read as follows:[3]

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

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."[5]

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."

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.[6]

See also

External links

Additional reading

References

  1. NRA-ILA, "Kansas: State Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Passes House, Will be Placed on 2010 Ballot!", March 27, 2009
  2. Kansas Legislative Information, "From Senator Tim Huelskamp on SCR 1611 - Victory in the Senate and the House!", March 26, 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1611
  4. The Volokh Conspiracy, "Kansas Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment", March 26, 2009
  5. American Chronicle, "Tiahrt endorses second amendment ballot initiative", March 29, 2010
  6. Kansas Legislature, "Full History on bill 1611"