The Overland Park City Council on Monday approved an ordinance allowing legal gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public — provided the gun is in a holster with the safety engaged and in their immediate control at all times.
The new law follows a Kansas attorney general opinion that cities may not completely prohibit open carry of a loaded firearm while on public property. Wichita changed its ordinance this summer. Police Chief John Douglass said he was concerned Overland Park could end up in court if it did not follow.
The new law allows open carry in places such as sidewalks, parks and buildings that don’t have signs prohibiting firearms.
Councilman Paul Lyons was the only one to vote against open carry.
“Overland Park is one of the safest cities in the nation, so there is no reason for someone to be openly carrying around a gun for protection,” Lyons said. “The only reason someone would want to show off a gun is to intimidate people, and that’s not the image we want our city to project.”