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KS Town to Defend Ban on Open Carry of Firearms


PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a northeast Kansas community are pledging to fight a legal challenge to a local ban on the open carry of firearms. The Libertarian Party of Kansas went to court last week seeking to prevent enforcement of open-carry bans by Prairie Village, Leawood and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports Prairie Village officials announced Monday that the Johnson County community will "vigorously defend" its authority to enact gun control measures. Officials for nearby Leawood and the Unified Government have not yet commented. The Libertarian Party's lawsuit contends the Prairie Village code conflicts with state law and the Kansas Constitution. The filing also alleges that Kansas communities that ban open carry of firearms are violating citizens' constitutional rights.

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