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UPDATE: Sweeping Gun Rights Legislation Considered

Associated Press - January 30, 2014 6:22 am

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Influential gun-rights groups are pushing proposals to strip cities and counties of any power to regulate guns and limit local programs to buy guns back from their owners.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing Thursday on the measure. It has the support of both the National Rifle Association and the Kansas State Rifle Association.

The bill would prohibit cities and counties from limiting the open carrying of firearms and bar them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs. Besides stripping cities and counties of the power to set gun policies, the bill declares existing ordinances void.

The proposal follows enactment of a state law last year declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas.

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Kansas legislators are considering new gun-rights proposals to strip cities and counties of any power to regulate guns and limit local programs to buy guns back from their owners.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a Thursday morning hearing on a sweeping bill containing the new measures.

The bill would prohibit cities and counties from enacting bans on the open carrying of firearms and prevent them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs. Besides stripping cities and counties of the power to set gun policies, the bill declares existing ordinances void.

The proposal follows enactment of a state law last year declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas.

Jak Keller

January 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

I agree with this, why should people be punished by cities that try to usurp the 2nd Amendment with laws that truly violate a person’s rights. Time and time again, the “gun free” zones is where any of the shooting take place.

Dave Thomas

January 31, 2014 at 7:04 am

I don’t agree. Just like the Federal government is taking more and more power away from the State government, the State government is taking more and more power away from the local government. Cities and counties are in a better position to determine their own gun regulations.

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