Five years ago, a city in Kansas decided to ban the open carrying of guns. On Monday, that decision was reversed.
Overland Park’s City Council decided to allow citizens to walk the streets with guns in full view. The ban was overturned with an 11-1 vote.
Citizens can open carry with a few caveats: The weapon has to be holstered, the safety has to be on and citizens cannot carry guns into city-owned buildings.
Some citizens support the ban being overturned, while others think the decision is not wise.
“As a matter of respect to the right of a person to own a gun and carrying, clearly, I do support that,” said Michelle Dunham of Overland Park. “But as a person would be walking next to people carrying guns out, yeah, that’s more concerning to me.”
Business owner Sheila Weiford thinks the new open carry law is outdated.
“We don’t need someone walking around toting a gun. That’s not what we’re all about. It’s not the Dodge City days,” she said.