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Topeka might change policy on loaded guns in cars

Published on -11/6/2013, 10:10 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- At the request of top law enforcement officials, Topeka leaders are considering changing a decision they made last December to allow loaded guns in vehicles.

Luther Ganienany Jr., the city's chief of prosecution, told city leaders Tuesday the change would make the city's streets safer for motorists and law officers.

"We're not saying you can't have your gun in your car," Ganienany said. "You just need to unload it and put it away."

Police Chief Ron Miller, who initially supported allowing loaded guns, said Monday he has decided "maybe this is not such a good idea," The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1b5z6wx ).

Miller cited an incident when a motorist pointed a handgun at an off-duty police officer who was riding his motorcycle The officer was not injured and police are trying to identify the driver, he said.

"So those kinds of things we need to try to prevent, if we can," said Miller, who added that dropping the ban would give police another law enforcement tool

Miller said the measure would allow some residents, such as law enforcement officers and concealed-carry permit holders, to carry loaded guns in vehicles.

The governing body did not take any action on Tuesday.

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