Gun law – Last year, the Legislature passed and Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law declaring Kansas exempt from federal gun regulations. It’s blatantly unconstitutional, but nevertheless on the books. This year, the Legislature has moved seamlessly from defiance to tyranny. Lawmakers are considering bills that would ban cities and counties in the state from regulating gun use, including openly carrying firearms. Local governments wouldn’t even be able to ban the carrying of knives in public buildings. So, Washington shall not tread on Kansas, but Topeka has no problem stomping on the city councils and county commissions that know best what’s good for their communities. Only a legislature blinded by loyalty to the gun lobby would not see the hypocrisy.
A recent proposal in the Legislature would call for stripping cities and counties of any power to restrict the open carry of firearms or regulating guns in any way. How ironic that ultraconservative Republicans who do their best to keep the federal government from intervening in what they consider state business now have no problem butting into government decision-making at the local level.
A bill approved in a Kansas Senate committee declares that any federal law that protects either the greater or lesser prairie chicken would be null and void in Kansas. Never mind the problems with the state seeking to prosecute federal officers who are doing their job. State officials should put more effort into saving this native species and less into setting up a legal fight with the federal government.