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Kansas Senate passes bill voiding local gun rules

4/2/2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Senate has approved legislation that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances.

The 34-2 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the House.

A House committee has endorsed a similar bill, but the chamber hasn't taken it up. Supporters are hoping a version will clear the Legislature this week and go to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Senate bill would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, but local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.

Supporters say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and U.S. constitutions.

Opponents contend cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.