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.
Senate approves $14B budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.
Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget
The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
Thursday's 24-16 vote sends the measure to the House, which approved its own budget bill Wednesday. Negotiators from the two chambers are expected to begin meeting next week to work out a final version.