TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Olathe shooting range co-owner William Basore says he faced discrimination when he couldn’t get insurance for his new car last fall because of his business.
A bill reviewed Thursday by a Kansas Senate committee would protect Basore and any others businesses “engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms or ammunition products” from discriminatory practices by businesses such as banks, payment processors or insurance companies.
Gun-rights advocates spoke in favor of the bill at a Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs hearing. But the measure was strongly criticized by lobbyists who wanted to include amendments or feared that it would create potential liabilities. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri lobbyist Elise Higgins said the bill should protect organizations that offer health care for women.