“First they came for Wichita, then Overland Park and now, the Dot,” wrote Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez, about the libertarians who want the unified city-county government in Wyandotte County to join Overland Park and Wichita in repealing local bans on the open carry of firearms that seem to conflict with state law. Sanchez observed: “Other state legislatures have handled open carry with a higher sense of fairness to all instead of rolling over for a belly rub by gun-rights activists.” For example, Oklahoma’s new open-carry law, which goes into effect Nov. 1, will require those who choose to carry guns openly to have gone through training and a background check. But, Sanchez wrote, “Kansas has ‘permissive open carry.’ No permits, with their extensive background checks, are required and no safety training – the very things that reasonable people would expect.”
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