Bill/Issue: The Kansas Legislature adjourned until January 2021 without considering two important bills introduced in their 2020 session.
- Position: Demand the legislature support this concept next session
- Authors: Sen. Richard Hilderbrand and Rep. Michael Houser
Summary: Had the Kansas legislature taken action safeguard the people of Kansas as Oklahoma did, the bills would accomplish the following:
- Preempt the entire field of legislation concerning extreme risk protection orders
- Block any funding to implement extreme risk protection orders
- Criminal charges for anyone who enforced a red flag order in violation of the Anti Red Flag Act
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia presently have some form of RFL or ERPO. Unfortunately, this dangerous concept is gaining traction among ill-informed representatives, as we've seen in the disastrous Federal Gunpocalypse bill and in supportive commentary by President Trump, among others.
Seeing this problem, and seeking to safeguard Oklahomans from these terrible abrogations of due process, SB1081 was signed into law in Oklahoma. Representatives in Kansas had a chance to work toward the same goal with this pair of bills but instead chose not to act.
Given Governor Kelly's involvement with a Moms Demand Action rally and Rep. Sharice Davids' "round table discussion" packed solely with anti-second amendment activists last year, the people of Kansas seem to have some work to do to reign in their elected representatives.
We at Firearms Policy Coalition take due process of law seriously, as do several Amendments to our Constitution. Read our Policy Brief explaining why we oppose these dangerous red flag laws.