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February 12, 2014

Kansas House considers barring local governments from regulating guns

A Kansas House committee is taking up legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.

A Kansas House committee is taking up legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.

Approval Wednesday by the Federal and State Affairs Committee would send the bill to the full House for debate. National and state gun-rights groups are pushing it.

The bill would void existing local gun ordinances throughout Kansas. It would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is allowed statewide and bar cities and counties from regulating sales of guns and ammunition.

It would also prohibit cities and counties from using tax revenue to administer gun buyback programs.

Local government groups oppose the bill, saying city and county officials know their communities best.

The committee postponed a vote last week to review potential amendments.

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