New Kansas open carry gun law

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Wichita, Kan. -- A new Kansas gun law taking effect July 1 allows gun owners to openly carry guns in public.

Representative Jim Howell, of Derby, authored HB 2578. Howell says, "The main part of that bill really is to create clarity in our gun laws."

Clarity, he says because over the years Kansas municipalities were giver the right to regulate guns to various degrees. The problem with that, Howell says, is arm bearing citizens would wind up breaking the law just by driving across the state from one city to another because of the hundreds of different laws.

Powell says the constitution gives Kansans the right to bear arms for the defense of self or family.

"When cities take that right away because they're worried about some law abiding citizen doing something wrong with a firearm and they're trying to regulate or restrict that freedom, that became the genesis of that bill."

Howell says, "The majority of people who want to carry firearms in our city, most of them are conceal-carry permit holders."

But this law is about openly carrying firearms.

He says businesses still have the right to restrict people from bringing in guns with the "no gun signs" displayed. He says the legislature didn't want to make a conflict between the right to bear arms and individual property owner's rights.

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