Kansas City Council bans open carry - KCTV5

Kansas City Council bans open carry

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The Kansas City Council adopted an ordinance that bans people from openly carrying firearms inside the city limits.

The proposed law was passed out of committee and went to the full council on Thursday. The council then endorsed it on a 9-0 vote. It will take effect in 10 days.

Mayor Sly James said that he does not approve of the idea of people carrying guns openly into restaurants, churches, stores or any other public place.

"We don't need more weapons on the street in this city," James said. "It doesn't make us safer."

Councilman Jim Glover concurred.

"As long as people are carrying guns, there is potential for violence," he said.

Missouri legislators passed a bill earlier this year that would nullify or void local governments' ability to ban open carry firearms.

However, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed that bill, but lawmakers could override the veto during their veto session in September.

James said open carry would put police officers in a tenuous position.

"I don't think it's fair to have police officers to guess about the attention of somebody who has a weapon," the mayor said. "I don't think you need people strapped and carrying weapons in every McDonald's or Macy's store. I just don't see the purpose of it."

Councilman Scott Wagner noted the hypocrisy of conservatives in the Missouri General Assembly.

"It's always interesting to us when our legislature says they don't want the federal government to tell them what to do and yet our state legislature does like to tell the cities around the state of Missouri what to do," he said.

In Kansas, the state has an open-carry law, which some cities were forced to enact after being sued. Some cities had not allowed open carry but are now.

Supporters say open carry proponents have not intimidated anyone and bad guys conceal theirs.

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