Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms.

The House approved the measure Saturday on an 102-19 vote. It's seen by the National Rifle Association as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.

The House vote came a day after the Senate passed the bill, 37-2.

The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He's a strong supporter of gun rights.

The bill would sweep local restrictions on open carry away, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings.

The measure also would prevent cities and counties from enacting restrictions on firearm sales or how guns are stored and transported.

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