Friday, August 1, 2014

Kansas City's ban on openly carrying firearms may not last

The City Council of Kansas City recently voted unanimously to ban the open-carry of firearms in the city. But, as The Kansas City Star's Lynn Horsley reports, the council's effort may have little lasting impact. Indeed, the state legislature soon will vote to nullify Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) veto of a law that would prohibit cities and counties from outlawing such conduct. The article begins:

Kansas City will clamp down on people openly carrying guns — at least for now.


At Mayor Sly James’ urging, the City Council voted 9-0 Thursday to ban the “open carry” of firearms, saying Kansas City doesn’t need any more weapons on the streets.


“This is not an environment where we need to have everyone armed to the teeth,” James told his colleagues.


But the city’s new law, which takes effect in 10 days, may soon be weakened by the state. 


That’s because the Missouri General Assembly has already approved a bill prohibiting cities from banning open carry for gun permit holders. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but the legislature holds its veto override session Sept. 10, and the bill’s sponsor is confident.

My favorite part of the article is this comment by Kevin Jamison, president of Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, assuring citizens that they need not be intimidated by their gun-wielding compatriots:

Jamison said it’s not lawful to brandish a gun, and in his firearms safety classes he teaches a long section on manners. “Gun flashing is impolite,” he said, adding that proper firearms etiquette discourages aggressive display of a weapon.

So there you have it - maintaining a holstered gun is akin to keeping up with the pace of play on a golf course. And, of course, critics are principally worried about their polite-packing friends.

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