State of Kansas takes control of local open carry regulations

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

” I’d be more scared knowing somebody might not be capable or responsible carrying a weapon. I just don’t think that’s right.”

Jeanette Williams of Meriden, KS says she’s worried about a law allowing people around the state to walk openly with a gun.
2nd Amendment advocates, like Earl Mcintosh says this new law is a step in the right direction.

“It’s a great victory for people who believe in the second amendment and individual liberty and for law-abiding citizens. It’s long overdue and it had overwhelming support in the legislature and why the Governor, I believe signed it.”

Melissa Wangemann with the Kansas Association of Counties says, this law is overriding the power of cities and counties.

“We certainly have county commissioners that are pro second amendment and are supporters of the NRA and can make the decision to allow concealed carry or open carry. So we would prefer to have that decision at the local level where we are closer to our community.”

Though it’s open carry, guns are still not allowed in public or government-owned buildings.
Like libraries, courthouses, schools or post offices.
Williams says guns should only lie in the hands of the few, not the many.

“I mean, that’s why it changed from the wild west to where we are now. If that happens I feel like it would be going back in time.”



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