Kansas lawmaker to take job with National Rifle Association
Wichita A Kansas lawmaker who helped pass a law that allows people to carry concealed weapons without a permit has taken a lobby job with the National Rifle Association.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Republican state Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady announced this week that he would give up his House seat before the 2016 session take a job with the NRA. He said he would begin serving as the organization's state liaison this week.
"Having spent the past few years turning Kansas from a state that was among the last to pass conceal carry to a state that is among the first to guarantee our rights with Constitutional carry, I have the opportunity to take the Kansas model and spread our model effectively to other states," Couture-Lovelady said in a statement.
House Speaker Ray Merrick says Couture-Lovelady "has been a strong advocate for pro-Second Amendment legislation, and his new job will help him continue that work. There are many good things ahead for him and we wish him all the best."
Couture-Lovelady's replacement will be chosen by a Republican precinct committee to represent House District 110 in western Kansas through 2016.
Couture-Lovelady said he is committed to helping find a "strong conservative successor who will fight hard for our Kansas values."