Some Wichita officials and business owners want the city to prevent people from openly carrying firearms without a permit. Wichita used to prohibit this, but a state law blocked local control. One concern is that, unlike conceal-carry, there is no requirement that a person take a weapons safety and training course. “Buy a gun, buy a holster, out the door without any experience,” one local gun-shop manager complained. “It’s a big mistake.” Wichita police also worry that open-carry could make it more difficult for them to tell the good guys from the bad guys. On the other hand, as our editorial today notes, it’s unlikely that many people will openly carry guns. And there haven’t been reports of problems with open-carry elsewhere in the state.
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