Local Gun Restrictions Banned in Kansas
Friday, April 27, 2007
TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas lawmakers on Friday overrode the governor's veto of a bill preventing city governments from imposing additional restrictions on people carrying concealed guns.[/b]
It's the second veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, to be overridden by the Republican-controlled Legislature since she took office in 2003. Last year, lawmakers overrode her veto of a bill creating the concealed gun law.
The Senate voted 30-10 to override the veto, three more than the necessary two-thirds majority. On Thursday, the House voted 98-26.
The bill was a reaction to efforts by some cities to impose their own requirements.
Supporters said the state should set the requirements for concealed guns, avoiding the possibility of someone unknowingly violating a local ordinance that goes beyond state law.
State Sen. Phil Journey, who led the override attempt, said local governments enacting their own restrictions "created a crazy patchwork of ordinances."
When Sebelius vetoed the bill April 13, she said she felt it posed "new threats to public safety."