Kansas lawmakers have taken the next-to-last step of creating the Wild, Wild West in Johnson County and other parts of the state.
Caving to pressure from the National Rifle Association,the Legislature over the weekend gave final approval to a bill
that allows people to openly carry firearms almost anywhere in the state.
And the measure also essentially nullifies all gun-control laws in Johnson County and other local government in the state.
So long to the commonsense, local regulation of the killing machines in Prairie Village, Leawood, Shawnee, Overland Park or any other city that might want to do something that their local residents support when it comes to guns.
Instead, Kansas lawmakers told Johnson County and all of its cities that they can’t regulate the weapons anymore.
True, there’s still one more hurdle for the NRA to overcome: Get Gov. Sam Brownback to sign the bill.
But get real. How difficult will that be?
Brownback has not spoken out against other NRA-supported ideas in Kansas, so it appears the governor will do the bidding of a group that wants to arm more and more Americans.
The new measure also kowtows to other NRA-supported ideas, such as making it impossible for cities to use tax revenues to buy back weapons to get them off the streets.
Kansas legislators played their part to perfection over the weekend, cloaking themselves in the Second Amendment while taking away the rights of local officials to pass gun-control laws to protect their own communities.