Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week approved a law that will eliminate license and training requirements for carrying a concealed firearm starting on July 1, the Associated Press reported.
"Responsible gun ownership — for protection and sport — is a right inherent in our Constitution," Brownback, a Republican, said in a statement. "It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting."
The law makes Kansas the fifth state — along with Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming — to fully allow residents to carry a concealed gun without a license within its borders, according to the National Rifle Association. Montana and Arkansas allow concealed carry without a license, although not everywhere, the NRA told the AP.
Kansas's law applies to residents 21 and older. When the new law takes effect, Kansans will still be able to obtain a license so they can carry concealed guns in other states that recognize Kansas permits, according to the AP.