TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is expected to approve legislation that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances.
The bill facing a final vote Wednesday would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, though local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.
The measure is being pushed by the Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights supporters. They say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and U.S. constitutions.
Critics of the bill contend that cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.
A Kansas House committee endorsed similar legislation earlier this month, but the House has yet to consider it.