Kansas may soon join a handful of other states that allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Last week, the Legislature gave final approval to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association. The measure is now headed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who has signed every other major gun-rights measure sent to him since taking office in January 2011. If approved, Kansas would become the fifth state to allow concealed carry without a permit everywhere within its borders. The House approved the bill last Wednesday on an 85-39 vote. The Senate passed it last month. The House also approved, 100-24, a bill prohibiting cities and counties from imposing special fees and taxes on guns or gun sales. It would follow up on a law last year aimed at nullifying local restrictions and goes to the Senate. Kansas enacted its concealed carry law in 2006 and about 87,000 people 21 or older hold valid permits.