Eagle editorial: One-size-fits-all gun mandate

06/11/2014 5:53 PM

08/08/2014 10:24 AM

When Wichita City Council members repealed two ordinances Tuesday affecting public safety, they did so with the invisible guns of state lawmakers and the governor to their heads.

The ordinances variously mandated firearms in cars be unloaded and secured, required private security guards to take advanced firearms training, regulated the possession and carrying of air rifles and BB guns, regulated possession of guns by minors, and enabled police to destroy confiscated guns.

And as of July 1, the city has no authority to keep people from carrying switchblades, stilettos or other knives into city buildings, apparently with the exception of City Hall upon the order of a municipal judge.

Feel safer yet?

The legislation that forced the repeals may make gun law uniform statewide and life easier for gun owners, as proponents argued. And it definitely made the Kansas State Rifle Association happy. But such a one-size-fits-all mandate makes little sense for a large urban community such as Wichita.

And as Mayor Carl Brewer noted Tuesday, it’s another case of the state “going in and imposing various laws that affect municipalities without thinking” about the consequences – or caring, we’d add.

For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman

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