Less than 36 hours after high school students across the country, including Emporia and Hartford, protested for gun control following a mass shooting incident at a Florida high school, the Kansas Senate decided against a series of gun-control proposals.
Lawmakers decided against approving measures that would ban so-called bump stocks, which let semiautomatic guns fire at a faster rate than first designed. Other measures that did not gain approval included mandatory background checks, waiting periods and pushing the age limit for rifle purchases from 18 to 21.
The discussion started with what turned out to be failed efforts to repeal the state's campus-carry and open-carry laws. Afterward, lawmakers passed a bill so Kansas has to recognize concealed-carry permits from other states and a separate bill so people convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime will face charges.
Student protests on Wednesday followed the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and faculty members were shot dead. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in that case.