Lawrence refuses to comply with state knife law

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – Lawrence city commissioners are refusing to change the city’s laws to comply with a new state law that allows people to carry concealed knives.

The commissioners on Tuesday criticized the law that allows people to bring switchblades, daggers and other knives into bars and public places. It takes effect July 1.

However, The Lawrence Journal-World reports the commission’s actions will likely have little effect on residents’ abilities to carry knives.

Staff attorney Randy Larkin told commissioners that the new state law will supersede the city’s code, making it impractical to enforce the city’s ban on concealed knives.

Commissioners said they voted against the new law to indicate their opposition and encourage other cities to do the same. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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