Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent local governments from barring openly carried firearms.
The Libertarian Party of Kansas has sued the communities that bar open carry, saying their ordinances violate state law, but lawmakers are also looking at the issue. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on the bill Thursday.
Currently, some communities ban open carry, but the bill before the committee would throw out those ordinances.
Allan Rothlisberg, a Republican from Grandview Plaza, says the Second Amendment protects open carry.
Abortion-rights advocates consider the bill on the chamber's Tuesday agenda the biggest threat to abortion services proposed in the 2013 Kansas legislature.
Supporters contend the measure will lessen the state's entanglement with a procedure that many residents find objectionable.
The bill would prevent groups that provide abortions from receiving tax exemptions or credits that go to other nonprofit groups or health care providers. It would also bar women who claim income tax deductions for medical expenses from including the cost of abortion services.