Government & Politics

Kansas lawmakers vote to further limit local gun rules

TOPEKA – Cities and counties in Kansas couldn’t use zoning ordinances to limit gun sales or impose special taxes on firearms under a bill state legislators have approved.

The Senate passed the measure on a 35-3 vote Monday. The House approved the bill on an 81-27 vote Saturday, and it goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback for his potential signature.

The measure follows up on a law enacted last year meant to nullify all city and county restrictions on the sale, possession and transportation of firearms. Gun rights supporters said the law was designed to prevent a confusing jumble of local rules.

But the 2014 law didn’t specifically address the power of local officials to levy taxes and fees or their power to restrict property use through zoning ordinances.