*Update: I’ve been corrected by a very smart person that reciprocity implies that the states honor each other’s permits, while the term “recognition” implies our state recognizes others. We have reciprocity with 12 states, and we recognize 22. /update*
The new attorney general, Paul Morrison, just released the approved reciprocity list for Kansas. It’s the list of states whose concealed carry permits will be recognized by Kansas. The list includes all of the states who require at least as much training as Kansas does for their permits.
There’s been a lot of concern about Paul Morrison and his “less than stellar” rating by the NRA… who gives him a C+. But in the grand scheme, I think a C+ is better than all of the poor states who have a D or an F…
My only negative comment about AG Morrison is that he took campaign contributions from George Tiller (Well, that’s what the news said, anyway), who is a notorious abortionist in Wichita. As you all know, I’m staunchly pro-life, so that is a strike against him.
HOWEVER. I don’t necessarily think that Kline (our previous AG) was within his bounds when he took medical records from the clinic. I won’t speculate, and I’m certainly not a lawyer, but it does sound fishy.
What I do know about Morrison (as do most Kansans) is that when he was the Johnson County district attorney, he was a criminal-butt-kicking machine. Bad guys were TERRIFIED they’d end up being prosecuted by Morrison, and to me, that’s what being a good DA is all about. He did a great job as DA, and he put a lot of really bad guys in jail for a really long time. Johnson County has a ridiculously low crime rate, and hopefully Morrison’s departure from that station will not result in a crime increase.
So, Kline is aligned with my social conservatism… I’ll miss him as AG. But Morrison is a tough nut, and I think that will be good for Kansas… in general. Obviously the job of AG is highly political. I just hope that Mr. Morrison allows the concealed carry legislation to carry out in the way intended by legislators in Topeka. He seems like a “straight up” guy, but only time will tell.
Morrison’s score for today: A+