No one should make a rash decision in the heat of the battle.

Yet that exactly is what gun enthusiasts in the state have done with the Legislature’s consideration of a measure that would override federal laws that apply to guns.

Some think the action is just a statement by lawmakers - telling the federal government to stay out of the state’s business. Yet if it is just a statement, it is a ridiculous expense of legislative time. That shouldn’t surprise us.

Kansas is considering a measure that assures Kansas-made guns and ones that remain in the state avoid congressional oversight. Incredibly, the bill has 50 sponsors, including state Rep. Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson. What a waste of time for those legislators as education issues and spending cuts loom over the Statehouse.

Could lawmakers find a better use of their time rather than trying to exempt Kansas-made guns from federal oversight?

The Second Amendment rears its head once again while the Newtown, Conn., shooting remains fresh in the minds of the nation.

The Second Amendment, said state Rep. Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, is “a pretty fundamental freedom that we have in the United States.”

The more important question, aside from lawmakers wasting their time on silly legislation, though, is why the need for exempting Kansas-made guns from congressional oversight? Gun owners who have nothing to hide from the feds have no fears. They own the guns legally and face no retribution.

The ones to question are the gun owners who decide to hide their firearms from the government. If they’re on the up-and-up, their gun ownership ought to be an open book.

The Second Amendment gives us the privilege to bear arms but not the right to abate congressional oversight.

— The Hutchinson News