UPDATE : The Kansas Senate is expected to approve a bill that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and voids existing gun ordinances.
The bill facing a final vote today would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, though local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.
The Kansas Senate will debate a bill on Tuesday that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms.
The Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights supporters are pushing the measure.
They say a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions.
Critics of the bill say cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.
A Kansas House committee endorsed similar legislation earlier this month, but the House has yet to consider it.