TOPEKA – (September 6, 2012) – Kansas has joined with 13 other states in supporting Second Amendment rights before a federal appeals court, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Schmidt added Kansas to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The federal appellate court is reviewing a decision by a federal district court in Maryland that struck down a Maryland requirement that a citizen must affirmatively demonstrate a reason for carrying a firearm before being allowed to carry. In their recently filed brief, Kansas and other states asked the appeals court to uphold the lower court’s decision – thereby rejecting the effort to impose further requirements on law-abiding gun owners.
“Citizens who qualify to have a concealed carry permit should not be required to clear the further hurdle of showing the government why they need to have a firearm,” Schmidt said. “The Second Amendment protects the individual’s right to keep and bear arms and does not allow the government to demand to know the reason why.”
In 2006, the Kansas Legislature enacted the Personal and Family Protection Act. Since July 2006, more than 44,000 Kansans have received concealed carry permits. By law, the Office of the Attorney General administers the Kansas concealed carry program. For more information, Kansans can contact Schmidt’s office at (785) 296-2215 or go to the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.
The case is Woolard v. Gallagher.