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Kan. Senate to debate bill voiding local gun rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a proposal to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and void existing local gun ordinances.

The bill on the Senate's debate calendar Tuesday would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state.

The Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights supporters are pushing the measure. They argue that a patchwork of local regulations confuses gun owners and infringes upon gun-ownership rights guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions.

Critics of the bill contend that cities and counties know best whether gun restrictions are appropriate for their communities.

A Kansas House committee endorsed similar legislation earlier this month, but the House has yet to consider it.