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Governor Brownback signed legislation on Wednesday that would nullify city and county gun restrictions in Kansas and ensuring that it’s legal statewide to openly carry firearms. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The bill would sweep away most local restrictions on open carry, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings. The National Rifle Association describes it as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh is concerned about the law taking away local control.

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The full Kansas House could consider a bill soon that voids local government firearm regulations.

A House committee amended and approved the legislation yesterday.

The bill would keep local governments from regulating the open carry of firearms.

Committee members added a provision saying Kansans could carry a loaded gun in their vehicle anywhere in the state, without requiring a concealed weapons permit. Now, local governments can bar keeping a loaded gun on your seat or in your glovebox.

Update 11:49am Wednesday: The Federal and State Affairs expanded gun-rights legislation Wednesday before approving it. The committee's unanimous voice vote sends the measure to the House for debate, as early as next week. Under the expanded bill, Kansas residents would be able to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles.

The House Federal and State Affairs committee is taking up legislation Wednesday that would strip cities and counties of the power to regulate guns or block open carry.

Influential gun-rights groups are pushing bill proposals to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing yesterday on the bill, which the National Rifle Association and the Kansas State Rifle Association support.

It would keep cities and counties from limiting the open carrying of firearms, and bar them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.

The bill also declares existing ordinances void.

A legislative committee is considering a bill that would bar local governments in Kansas from passing any rules that restrict the open carry of firearms. It would also invalidate any local rules currently restricting open carry.

Representative Jim Howell, a Derby Republican, says the goal is to create consistency.

“So what this does, it just simply says we’re not going to let cities create a patchwork of laws, so that people can exercise their Second Amendment rights confidently, understanding the law, with simplicity," Howell says.

Kansas legislators are considering new gun-rights proposals.

The bill would strip cities and counties of any power to regulate guns, as well as limit local programs to buy guns back from their owners.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing this morning on a sweeping bill containing the new measures.

The bill would keep cities and counties from enacting bans on the open carrying of firearms and prevent them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.

The Kansas Attorney General's office has received notifications from more than 300 local governments stating that they're exempting themselves from a new state gun law.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says counties and cities that exempt themselves from a new law on concealed weapons need to change any "No Guns" signs on public buildings.

The law, which takes effect Monday, allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings that don't have adequate security, such as screening.

Many cities and counties have taken advantage of a provision letting them exempt their buildings for six months.

On April 26, US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that states the new Kansas law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional. That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The new law declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. The law also makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty covering those items.

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