Kansas City council bans open carry of firearms

Concealed weapons still legal in city

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City council members unanimously voted to ban open carry of firearms in the city.

You don't need a permit or training to open carry as you do for concealed carry. Concealed weapons are still legal, but now only law enforcement officers will be allowed to carry a gun so it's seen by others. The law goes into effect on August 10.

Mayor Sly James said open carry may be okay for rural areas, but not for Kansas City.

"In this city where violence is a problem, where woman are battered and beaten where people get drunk and in hassles at bars, I don't think that we ought to hand them a gun to take it to the next level and say that's okay," he said.

Susan Blaney, who co-founded the Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, agrees.

"You don't know the people, you're confronted by strangers walking down the street all the time, and you don't know if that person's dangerous or not," she said. "That's the whole problem with open carry, because you don't know if that person's dangerous, (or) has a permit, you can't tell," she said.

Don Pind is a shooting firearm instructor and doesn't think the ban will make much of a difference. In fact, he thinks it's unconstitutional.

"Basically, the constitution says we have the right to bear arms, so they're telling us we can keep them we just can't bear them, we can only have them in certain places," he said. "Why is that?"

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