Libertarians file open carry lawsuits against four cities in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Members of the Libertarian Party of Kansas will file lawsuits in four Kansas communities on Friday.

The group says local ordinances in Kansas City, Lenexa, Prairie Village and Leawood restrict Kansas citizen's right to openly carry weapons.

Earl McIntosh, a spokesman for the Libertarian party says he plans to file the first lawsuit in Kansas City, Kan., before moving to Johnson County later Friday afternoon. In the lawsuit libertarians argue Kansas citizens are guaranteed the right of self defense, under state law.

So far, McIntosh says they've been ignored by all four municipalities so they're now planning to take them to court.       

His group claims they've tried for a full year to cordially request city officials examine their ordinances to make sure they comply with Kansas' open carry law.

Feeling ignored, the Libertarians felt a lawsuit was the best way to get their attention.

Edwin Birch, a public information officer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas says they would need to use taxpayer's money if this lawsuit goes to court.

He added this will open up the municipalities to at least consider changing open carry rules.  It's a controversial topic right now, as Colorado and Oregon look at restricting gun carry after mass shootings at a movie theater and mall in those states.

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