Kansas –-(Ammoland.com)- The Libertarian Party of Kansas will immediately challenge the unconstitutional ban on the open carry of firearms in all counties and cities in Kansas that completely ban the practice by law-abiding citizens on property open to the public.
This challenge has begun with Wyandotte County Unified Government, Kansas City and Overland Park, Kansas.
With the passage of the constitutional amendment to the Kansas Bill of Rights in 2010, every person who is a resident of Kansas has an unquestionable right to bear arms.
The Kansas constitution states – ‘A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose’. In addition to the amendment, Kansas open carry law 12- 16, 124 is clear that counties and cities may regulate open carry but not institute a complete ban.
In support of this position, Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning has recently made public that he will not enforce the open carry bans in Johnson County as Overland Park has, but would take each situation on a case-by-case bases until the laws are updated. In December 2011 , Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt gave an opinion (201 1-024) on the city of Wichita’s weapons ordinance.
In Attorney General Schmidt’s opinion, “A city may not completely prohibit the open carry of a loaded firearm on one’s person, or in the immediate control of a person, while on property open to the public.”
It is inherently clear that Kansas is an open carry state and those counties and cities cannot completely ban the open carry of firearms and that all law abiding citizens in Kansas have the right to bear arms by open carry.
The Libertarian Party openly and activity fights daily for individual rights/liberties of the citizens of Kansas. The legal right to personal security of life and property at all times are paramount.
Second Amendment Coordinator
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