User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Kansas Will Nullify Local Regulation Of Guns
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/24 4:26:51 (436 reads) News by the same author

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV/AP) - Kansas will strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns and nullify local gun regulations in July, ensuring that it will be legal across the state to openly carry firearms.
Click to see original Image in a new window

That adds to a string of victories in recent years by the Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill preventing local officials from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored beginning July 1. The National Rifle Association has described the legislation as a model for states seeking to strip local officials of gun regulating powers.

Brownback signed the measure without fanfare late Tuesday. The Republican governor last year signed a measure declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate firearms manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas and making it a felony for a federal employee to attempt to enforce federal regulations on such items.

"Kansans have long believed the right to bear arms is a constitutional right," Brownback said in a statement.

Kansas law doesn't expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general's office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.

In cities like Leawood and Prairie Village, there are currently tougher gun laws than the state.

Supporters of the bill contend that a patchwork of local regulations has infringed upon gun ownership rights guaranteed by the Kansas Constitution and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"Last year the city of Lenexa on their own, the City Council, just on their own rescinded their open carry ban, just on their own. And since then it hasn't turned into the wild, wild west and there hasn't been a single incident of gun violence by anyone open carrying," said Grant Nelson, with the Johnson County Open Carry group who pushed for the legislation.

But critics of the bill have argued that local officials know their communities best and should be allowed to regulate firearms.

"I'm speechless. What we've gone through in this country, just recently, it just astounds me that we cannot get this thing under control," said Barbara Rodts, of Prairie Village.

One place open carry would be allowed is city parks, which is not a problem for a woman named Liza who frequents Leawood's parks and trails.

"It's kind of scary going through the park anyway, so I was actually thinking - I wasn't sure if I could have a gun or not - but I was thinking of possibly having a holster because, if someone was trying to hurt me, what would I do?" she said.

Both the National Rifle Association and the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence say 43 states, including Kansas, already limit the ability of cities and counties to regulate firearms, though they vary widely in how far they go. The center says California and Nebraska have narrow pre-emption laws that leave substantial power to local officials, and five states - Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York - don't expressly pre-empt local regulation.

Mike Kerner, the president of the Johnson County Open Carry Group, said on July 1, when the law takes effect, his group plans on having a picnic in the park with guns holstered to celebrate.

Even with the change in law, businesses can still set their own policy on allowing guns.

The CEO of Starbucks drew national attention when he asked customers to stop bringing their guns to its stores, but Starbucks does not actually ban weapons. Other companies that do prohibit guns in their businesses include Chuck E. Cheese's, Ikea, which is building a store in Merriam, KS, AMC Theaters and Toys "R" Us.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/6/30 6:31:13 - Mosaic To Offer Reduced Cost Sports Physicals
2015/6/30 4:47:08 - Son Arrested After Argument Over Spoiled Meat
2015/6/30 4:34:11 - Woman Gives Birth Alone On Back Road, Is Stranded With Newborn For Three Days
2015/6/30 4:21:04 - Man In Custody After Moberly Police Chase
2015/6/30 4:16:46 - Officer Crashes Into Home When Responding To What Turned Out As Prank Call
2015/6/30 4:10:10 - Missouri Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Synthetic Pot Case
2015/6/30 4:04:35 - Daycare Worker Arrested For Battery On 1-Year-Old
2015/6/29 7:40:02 - Rotary To Sponsor Exchange Student
2015/6/29 7:23:50 - Sullivan County Crowns Fair Queen
2015/6/29 6:36:20 - Fire Damages Trenton Residence
2015/6/29 6:32:09 - Saturday Accident At 13th And Cedar In Trenton Involves Gallatin And Trenton Residents
2015/6/29 4:51:25 - As Many As 16 Inured By Lightning Strike; Dog Killed
2015/6/29 4:39:47 - Air Show Continued After Tragedy
2015/6/29 4:35:18 - Missouri Trooper Shoots Suspect After I-70, U.S. 54 Pursuit
2015/6/29 4:20:00 - USDA Proposes Healthier Food For Child, Adult Day Cares
2015/6/29 4:15:22 - St. Louis' Minimum Wage Hike May Be Dead After Aldermanic Surprise
2015/6/29 4:09:35 - Man Convicted Of Sodomy With Child Commits Suicide
2015/6/29 4:00:14 - Good Samaritan Allows Woman To Hear Her Husband"s Voice Before He Dies
2015/6/29 4:00:00 - Poplar Bluff Granted Order Of Protection Against Sheriff's Department
2015/6/26 6:32:50 - 4 Injured When Vehicles Collide At Utica Intersection
2015/6/26 5:27:31 - Missouri State Fair Competition Deadline Approaching
2015/6/26 4:36:34 - National Guard Truck Crashes Into Overpass
2015/6/26 4:32:27 - Former Moberly School Bus Driver Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes
2015/6/26 4:25:47 - Nitrogen Timing Critical In Wet Years
2015/6/26 4:17:06 - Grandmother Charged In Murder For Hire Plot Of Former Son-In-Law
2015/6/26 4:11:09 - North Central Missouri Fair Expands For 2015 Run
2015/6/25 8:55:07 - Chillicothe Firefighters Respond To Fire At Powerplant
2015/6/25 8:49:41 - Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies
2015/6/25 7:55:31 - Stolen ATV Leads To Big Tow Fees For Victim
2015/6/25 7:51:56 - Missouri Woman Charged With Murder After Shoe Argument Turns Violent



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM