OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Overland Park City Council passed an open carry ordinance in a vote of 11 to 1 Monday night.
The city's public safety committee made the recommendation to pass the ordinance earlier this month.
Before the vote council members got the chance to discuss their concerns about safety over open carry with Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass. He explained to the council they are not breaking any new ground with allowing open carry since Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is behind it.
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"It is much less concerning than the original carry and conceal weapon because people know it's there and some people will feel intimidated and disturbed by this," Douglass said. "At least they know a person is armed in their presence,"
Council member Paul Lyons still voted against the ordinance.
In order to comply with open carry, a handgun is required to be in a holster at all times, and the gun's safety needs to be engaged. You don't need a permit to openly carry a gun, but you still aren't allowed to carry inside any city owned building.
If any business wishes to opt out of allowing people to carry a gun, all they need to do is place a sign in their business banning guns.
Overland Park is not the first city in Kansas to pass an ordinance allowing anyone to carry a handgun in public. Wichita passed a similar ordinance in July.
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