Daily Archives: July 26, 2013

Finney wants review of ‘stand your ground’ law

Though she knows it is a long shot, Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, wants the state to revisit its “stand your ground” gun law. “It needs to be looked at and reviewed very closely,” Finney told the Topeka Capital-Journal. She contends that the law “has so many loopholes” that defendants could take advantage of in cases in which self-defense is murky. She also is concerned that it could be used against people who look a certain way. “I’ve often spoke about racial profiling in Kansas,” Finney said. “The problem is really prevalent throughout Kansas, and it seems like it often fell on deaf ears.”

Second driver’s license office in county can’t open too soon

Details are sparse about the Kansas Department of Revenue’s plan to open a second driver’s license office in Sedgwick County, which was reported to county commissioners Wednesday by County Treasurer Linda Kizzire. In any case, the overdue move is worthy of celebration. Wherever and whenever a second office opens, it will have to be an improvement over the status quo. The three- to six-hour waits this summer and last in Wichita’s single driver’s license office at 21st and Amidon have been infuriating and absurd. And the state’s explanations have been as unsatisfying as the text-messaging system meant to reduce the on-site waiting. The situation also has been bad at the Andover office. So some Wichitans desperate to renew their licenses or get learner’s permits have been forced to drive even farther – sometimes paying extra fees because of the state’s failure to accommodate the demand in Wichita. Especially with more upheaval predicted during a computer upgrade, the state is right to do something to help Sedgwick County drivers.