Kansas City council bans openly carrying guns in the city

Aug 1, 2014

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Kansas City councilmembers have unanimously voted to ban people from openly carrying firearms within city limits.

Mayor Sly James has advocated for the prohibition that was voted on Thursday. He says the city doesn't need any more weapons on the streets.

The ban takes effect in 10 days. It's unclear how long it will last. The Missouri General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting such bans for permit holders in May. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but it could be brought up again at the legislature's veto override session set for Sept. 10th.