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On Tuesday, Jan. 31, a bill that would have created permanent gun-free zones on public educational campuses failed to make it out of committee to get sent to the State Senate for a vote. The measure was intended to counteract a 2013 bill that will allow concealed weapons to be carried on campuses in Kansas beginning in July. The success and respective failure of these measures speak volumes toward the local climate public opinion regarding gun rights and the potential for violent crimes.

Kansas is an interesting case, politically and socially. While she has long been in the heart of Second Amendment country, the tide turned decidedly to the left in the November elections, when roughly two dozen Republican legislators were voted out for there more liberal counterparts. There was some anticipation among gun control activists that the fresh class of legislators would be enough to move the proposed gun measures through, but this proved to be wishful thinking on their part for the time being.

While firearms in public spaces remains a volatile issue, the public climate here in Kansas remains primarily in favor of both personal liberties and the ability of a private citizen to stop a violent act before it can get out of hand, if they are in the presence of one while law enforcement is not.

However, violent crimes of all kinds do still happen, even here in Kansas. Furthermore, an otherwise non-violent offense can escalate in severity quite quickly when a deadly weapon is involved. If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is crucial to get the best legal defense that you can find. Although Kansas is relatively pro-gun, violent crime charges are nothing to take lightly. With proper legal guidance, you can ensure that your rights remain protected — and not only your right to bear arms.

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