Kansas Legislature Passes Sweeping Gun Law

by Steve MacDonald

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Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.

The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it, but he’s a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.

The measure also would prevent cities and counties from enacting restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, or imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported. Existing ordinances would be void, and local governments could not use tax dollars for gun buy-back programs.

Supporters say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun ownership rights guaranteed by the state constitution and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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  • Radical Moderate

    Brownback may make a lot of ‘noise’ about gun rights but legislation that would create this type precedent is one of things that will get him a phone call from the powers that can make or break him He has been around the power matrix much to long not be indebted to the ‘establishment’. I predict he will find some excuse not to sign it.

  • Virgil Hilts

    The bright sunrise of sanity begins to be seen…Go KANSAS!

  • Baconator

    Well, can’t figure why anyone would want to be in Kansas on purpose, but if you are going to be there then armed is the way to be.

    cpb-dust in the winds

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