Monday, April 22, 2013

Libertarian Party can't shoot down local open-carry bans

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

You cant carry open firearms like this in Leawood or Prairie Village
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  • You can't carry open firearms like this in Leawood or Prairie Village

A couple of libertarians from Overbrook and Topeka had no luck trying to get a judge in Johnson County to strike down open-carry firearm bans in Leawood and Prairie Village.

A Johnson County judge on April 17 threw out lawsuits filed by the leaders of the Libertarian Party of Kansas on behalf of themselves and the party against both cities, mainly because none of them could prove that they've been harmed in some way by the open-carry restrictions passed by both cities.

The decision to jettison the ordinances, which prohibit openly carrying loaded firearms in public places, rested largely upon the issue of whether the two men or the party actually had their rights infringed.

In other words, it wasn't like either men had shown that they traveled to Leawood or Prairie Village, flashed a loaded gun and then got picked up by the local police.

The Kansas Attorney General in 2011 took a dim view of whether cities could pass such ordinances, but attorney general opinions are not binding.

Prairie Village says in a statement that they will continue to enforce its open-carry law.

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