Public Safety

Passing common sense gun legislation

Whether in Lawrence, Kansas, or Parkland, Florida or anywhere else, our children shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. Parents shouldn’t fear dropping their kids off in the morning. And teachers shouldn’t feel threatened while in the classroom due to gun violence.

Laura Kelly has always been a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and believes Kansans have the right to purchase firearms to keep their families safe and hunt. But she also recognizes the need to take effective steps to keep our children and families safe. That’s why two years ago Laura Kelly voted to keep guns out of public hospitals, mental health centers and college campuses. She also voted for a bill that makes it illegal for anyone convicted of domestic violence to possess a gun.

Laura will work to implement common sense gun safeguards – like requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning bump stocks, and limiting access to the types of assault weapons that were designed for war. That’s why Moms Demand Action named her a Gun Sense Candidate this year. She will bring people together – law enforcement officials, school officials, mental health and public health experts, parents – to find common ground and meaningful solutions to this problem.

Funding Public Safety

Due to the Brownback experiment, funding to all areas of state government has been cut to the bone. That includes public safety. As a result, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and local law enforcement agencies have suffered and the safety of Kansans has been put at risk.

Using her budget expertise, Laura Kelly will stabilize the state’s budget and invest in public safety again. This will allow the KBI to once again provide investigative support to small communities or the highway patrol to fill current jobs to keep Kansans safe on roads all across the state.