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Johnson County judge dismisses challenges to open-carry bans

Updated: 2013-04-19T03:01:26Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

A Johnson County judge has dismissed lawsuits that argued Leawood and Prairie Village are violating citizens’ rights by banning the open carry of firearms.

Last year the Kansas attorney general issued a legal opinion that said cities cannot ban open carry. In December, the Libertarian Party of Kansas sued Leawood, Prairie Village and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., seeking injunctions to prevent them from enforcing their bans.

Overland Park rescinded its ban.

District Judge David W. Hauber dismissed the lawsuits on matters of law. He ruled Wednesday that the individual plaintiffs, who are Libertarian party officials, failed to demonstrate that they have been personally injured by the municipal bans in Leawood and Prairie Village, which is necessary for the court to issue an injunction.

Prairie Village issued a statement Thursday saying the mayor and City Council respect citizens’ rights “and those citizens have been very vocal in expressing their First Amendment opinion to opposing open carry in Prairie Village.”

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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