TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill allowing individuals to own machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and silencers has cleared the Legislature.The margin of victory ought to tell even the most fanatical gun grabber that headlines like these are probably not telling the whole story:
The Senate approved it Thursday on a 28-9 vote. The House passed it last week 105-18.
House Clears Way For Kansans To Own Machine GunsGiven the screams, you'd think bill provides that AK-47s must be handed out with school lunch tickets*, but they should rest assured that federal laws regarding the ownership of automatic weapons are still in place** like they have been since the 1930s; what this bill does is repeal most state requirements over what the Feds already do. Under previous Kansas law, even someone who could otherwise legally own such a gun could not buy it - Kansas gun dealers were not allowed to own them.
Machine guns on the fast track
House OKs bill allowing machine guns
And there was one interesting fact buried*** in the Capital Journal's story that no other scare-mongering press outlet in the state seems to have noticed:
The House gave final approval to a bill allowing dealers, manufacturers and private citizens to own machine guns, which would bring Kansas in line with all but a handful of states.In other words, as was the case with concealed carry, Kansas is hardly on the forefront of gun law liberalization; it is huffing and puffing to catch up with the rest of the country.
Of course, that doesn't stop the panickers, like Meliss, who lives in Colorado (first comment):
at first i was sad to move but after reading this i am ashamed that i am from kansas. I would never want to live in a state that aproves a bill like this one. I have a 2 year old and do not want him to grow up in fear that some one could have a machine gun. That is a war fare gun not a gun to just have.I have bad news for Miliss: she already lives in such a state.
On the other hand, I'm not going to tell her. After all, I don't really think it's her 2-year-old who has the fear problem.
* In truth, it doesn't even provide ammunition. Cheapskates.
** and will likely remain so, given the Supremes' repeated failure to pass their ESL classes.
*** I have to give the CJ credit here, at least they had it in their story. Ever since I lived in Topeka, I have considered the CJ the finest paper in the state, for any number of reasons.