Backers of Kansas gun bills expect legislative votes

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Supporters of two gun measures expect the Kansas Legislature to approve them because both chambers have solid gun-rights majorities.

One bill up facing votes Thursday in the House and Senate declares that the federal government has no power to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories that are made, sold and kept exclusively in Kansas.

The measure would make it a felony for a federal agent to enforce restrictions on such items.

Another bill would permit public schools and state colleges to arm employees with concealed weapons. Also, schools, colleges and local governments couldn’t ban concealed guns without security measures.

The final version of each measure was drafted by House and Senate negotiators.

The bills are a reaction to federal officials’ discussions about gun control following December’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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