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State law means Lawrence will have to allow knives in bars

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Bar patrons soon will be able to bring their daggers, dirks and stilettos into drinking establishments and anyplace else in Lawrence, thanks to a new state law that goes into effect July 1.

Lawrence commissioners have been told that the new state law will nullify a longstanding city ordinance that made it illegal for people to carry certain types of knives inside the city limits. Lawrence will have to repeal its ordinance banning knives in bars.

The Kansas Legislature passed a law this year aimed at creating a uniform set of regulations for firearms and knives across the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports assistant city attorney Maria Kaminska says a city ordinance prohibiting people from bringing a concealed firearm into any city drinking establishment should be repealed because of that law.

While businesses can post "no guns" signs, they cannot do that with knives.

Red Lyon Tavern's Jerry Neverve said he was disappointed but not surprised.

"My only question is did they make it illegal to carry their knives into the Capitol?" Neverve said.

Lawrence resident Andy Holmes thinks it is much ado about nothing. He said there are many things inside a bar that can be used as a deadly weapon.

"They could break a beer bottle and stab you in the neck with it. That's just as dangerous as a mug," he said. "They could hit you over the head with a mug."

Kevin Franzen disagrees.

"When you mix alcohol with knives, usually it's a bad result," he said.

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