Rep. Kinzer, and Sen. Smith~
First off, I want to congratulate you on your election victories. It was a pleasure to support both of you. I hope that both of you will serve with great purpose for the benefit of us in your districts. I am writing you both in regards to the open carry (OC) issues within the state, particularly here in metro Johnson Co. Overland Park has repealed their ban on OC, but many of the other cities, like Lenexa, Leawood, Roeland Park, KCK, etc....still have bans on OC. But, OP is looking to restrict OC. I have personally brought this to the Lenexa City Council at a meeting and through email. I received no responses to my email, though.
I sent an email to the AG, for some input. Below is what I sent:
It has come to my attention that recent changes to open carry(OC) in the state have prompted some cities to remove their bans on OC, in favor of restricting manner of carry. Overland Park is in the process of amending their manner of restricting OC. Overland Park Public Safety Committee will have an open carry forum open to the public in City Hall at 85th & Antioch starting at 7pm, Wednesday November 14th:
8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212
It is presumed that they are going to restrict it along the lines of having a CHL. Is it legal for them to do this, essentially license OC, with similar requirement to obtain CHL, ie.....training, qualification, etc...? I know that getting a pre-emption at the state level is the best way to prevent this. Would it be possible for someone from the AG's office to attend this meeting? I know that there was plenty of confusion at the initial meeting regarding CCW statutes, maybe even with OP PD. If they pass such restrictions, I am sure it would be challenged in court. Where would the AG stand in this situation. I am in the process of writing the public safety committee, to express my dissatisfaction with this. I am a firm believer in the right of people to bear arms, which is granted in the Constitution of the United States of America, as well as, the Constitution of the Great State of Kansas. I know many people who feel that getting a CHL is burdensome, and are against it for whatever reason,(cost, personal beliefs, etc...)So, OC is a hassle free, no cost alternative to assert their 2ND Amendment rights.
Another question as to signage. Would proper CCW prohibition signage be legal signage for prohibiting OC?
I would like to get input from both of you on this situation. I am all in to support legal action against OP if they put additional restriction in place. Would you two sponsor/support legislation to get pre-emption for OC at the state level, thus eliminating a patchwork of laws that vary by city? I know it would be a lot to ask, but could you attend the committee meeting? I would not expect either of you to provide input unless you feel comfortable. I know you both support the 2ND Amendment and I think OC is a fundamental right to this. I will not be there but know of others that will be attending to oppose any changes. I plan on writing the public safety committee about this, since I cannot attend.
Thank you so much for your time and attention to this matter.