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Editorial: Open-carry ban is right move

The city would be wise to move quickly to prevent as many guns as possible in public buildings.

November 21, 2017

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The Lawrence City Commission should adopt a new ordinance banning the open carrying of firearms in city buildings.

Commissioners will vote on the proposed ban at a City Commission meeting tonight.

At its meeting today, the commissioners will decide whether to ban people from openly carrying firearms in city buildings. City staff is recommending approval of the ordinance, which would prohibit open carry in the 40-plus buildings owned or leased by the city and put in place penalties for those who violate the ban. To comply with state laws regarding the open carrying of weapons, the city must use signage on all buildings and facilities where open carrying is banned.

The proposed ordinance also sets penalties for violating the rules. People who enter a city building where signs are posted prohibiting open carrying, and then refuse to leave after being asked, would face charges of aggravated criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, according to the ordinance. Those convicted could be incarcerated for up to a year, fined up to $2,500 or both.

The ban on openly carrying firearms is not to be confused with the ban on concealed weapons. At present, the city prohibits the carrying of concealed or unconcealed firearms in city buildings. But the ban on concealed weapons is permissible only under a temporary exemption to the state’s Personal and Family Protection Act.

When that exemption ends in January, the only way the city can continue to ban concealed weapons is to put screening in place — metal detectors and/or security guards — at all entrances to public buildings. The city estimates it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to implement such security measures.

The pressures placed on municipal governments, schools and other businesses by legislators largely doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association is almost overwhelming. The notion that arming everyone will somehow make public environments safer is pure poppycock.

That’s why Lawrence is smart to move quickly to limit as many guns as possible from being carried in the city’s public facilities.

Comments

P Allen Macfarlane 3 weeks, 5 days ago

"The pressures placed on municipal governments, schools and other businesses by legislators largely doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association is almost overwhelming. The notion that arming everyone will somehow make public environments safer is pure poppycock."

Finally, a voice of reason!

Bob Smith 3 weeks, 5 days ago

The NRA is not saying that arming everyone is a good idea. That's a large lie that keeps getting repeated.

Alex Landazuri 3 weeks, 5 days ago

shhhh....the resident conservative trolls dont like real facts, only alternative facts.....

Bob Smith 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Didn't you see the screen that said the video reflected the opinion of a single commentator and not that of the organization? Or did you even watch it?

William Cummings 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Of course I watched it. It is fairly typical NRA propaganda entitled "everyone gets a gun"

Bob Smith 3 weeks, 4 days ago

BTW, if you had watched the video, you'd have realized that the message was a bit more complex than "Everyone Gets a Gun".

William Cummings 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Yes, I watched it, and it is not the first time that the NRA presented misleading material, in the interest of making firearms available to "everyone" including the mentally ill.

http://www.factcheck.org/2017/10/nra-execs-false-gun-claim/

Bob Summers 3 weeks, 5 days ago

The notion of arming Liberals is insanity.

What is the NRA thinking?

Josh Berg 3 weeks, 5 days ago

The ljworld can attack all they want but in the end they are useless against the people who can really make a difference.

P Allen Macfarlane 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Right. So, let's just go ahead and arm everybody at birth, take cover somehow, and watch the fun.

Bob Summers 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Your emotionally driven irrationality is why people with the Liberal condition should be nowhere near firearms and firearm accessories.

Gun nuts like Liberals are far too emotionally unstable to have a fire stick in their hands.

See Ferguson or Berkeley or any riot in America for evidence emotional hypersensitive people should not be armed

Greg Cooper 3 weeks, 4 days ago

You mean, like, the people who have the guns? Yeah, that makes sense.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 3 weeks, 4 days ago

The NRA, GOA support our second amendment rights. Neither think everyone should be armed. They support the right to be if they are law abiding citizens and are over the age limit.

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