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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state has joined 13 other states in a lawsuit involving restrictions on concealed-carry permits.
Schmidt added Kansas to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in an appeals court case being heard in Virginia. The court is reviewing a Maryland district court ruling that struck down a requirement that residents must give a reason for needing a concealed-carry permit.
Schmidt says the government does not have the right to ask citizens why they want a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Kansas is one of 39 states with a concealed-carry law that doesn't require a reason for needing the license.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/RisORU ) 10 states, including Maryland, have more restricted concealed-carry laws.