Last week Kansas City rolled back its ban on the open carry of firearms voted into effect earlier this year after Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an expanded gun rights bill was overridden by the state legislature.
The Show Me State’s largest city had in August passed a moratorium on open carry by a 9-0 unanimous vote. Introduced by Mayor Sly James (D), the bill was championed by the city’s chief executive saying that “aggressive open carry” can cause public disturbances and prevent “gun education learned on the streets” from “those who may choose to stretch the limits of responsible gun ownership.”
However statewide gun rights legislation that protects and expands lawful open carry in Missouri passed into law last month after overcoming the governor’s veto. This left Kansas City with a prohibition that was unenforceable. As such, the city council repealed its ban to comply with state law. Now those who have a current concealed carry permit can open carry in the city.