Sunday, July 29, 2012
A group of Wichita city officials and business owners is hoping to reverse a city ordinance that lets people openly carry firearms without a permit.
The law went into effect Thursday after city officials determined Wichita's ordinance prohibiting open display of a loaded firearm conflicted with state law.
The City Council approved the new measure earlier this month after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the city couldn't ban open carry. Council members say the 2007 state gun law tied their hands.
Business owners are afraid people who openly carry guns will scare off customers, while law enforcers say openly displayed weapons will make it harder to tell the good guys from the bad ones.