Prairie Village police give gun presentation weeks after open carry lawsuit

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - The Prairie Village Police Department literally brought out the big guns during Monday night's council meeting.

Two weeks after the Kansas Libertarian Party filed a law suit against the city for banning residents from openly carry guns, Police Chief Wes Jordan and Range Master Sgt. Byron Roberson gave a 30-minute presentation to council members on federal, state and local gun laws.

"We received a lot of questions from citizens and council members," Jordan said. "So we felt it would be best to answer them all at once."

Roberson explained what types of weapons are available in Prairie Village, the process of purchasing weapons and what requirements must be met to receive a conceal carry permit.

The presentation made no reference to the lawsuit, which was filed against Prairie Village, Leawood and Kansas City, Kan. All three cities prohibit citizens from openly carry a weapon, which the lawsuit says is against state law. The Kansas Libertarian Party also challenged a similar law in Lenexa, but is working with city to find a compromise rather than taking legal action.

Quinn Bennion, city administrator for Prairie Village, said the city has not been served any court documents in reference to the lawsuit. If and when that happens, Bennion said the council will typically discuss pending litigation in executive session behind closed doors.

Roberson could not comment on the lawsuit but said allowing open carry in Prairie Village would make it difficult for police officers to do their job.

"It's already hard enough to deal with the criminals who have the guns illegally, but you would also have to check people who have weapons on their side just to make sure they're carrying them legally as well," Roberson explained.

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